Child welfare and refugee groups implore Education Secretary to protect unaccompanied children

Article 39 has joined scores of other organisations in urging the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to take immediate action to protect children arriving in the UK on boats. A joint letter, signed by around 70 organisations, was sent to Gavin Williamson yesterday afternoon (29 July) amid reports that the Minister had authorised the Home Office … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – July 2021

This important decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerns a complaint made by a care experienced young woman about the council’s failure to protect her from harm when she suffered “significant and repeated incidents of abuse” during her time in care. The handling of her complaint by the council was so … Read more

Article 39 seeks transparency over market study on children’s social care

Article 39 has today (7 July 2021) submitted a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office following the Competition and Market Authority’s refusal to release correspondence it had with the following public authorities before it launched its market study on children’s social care earlier this year: Department for Education Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review, … Read more

Care review questions future of children’s residential care and backs government plans on unregulated accommodation

The children’s social care review has today (17 June) published its first report, ‘The Case for Change’ together with a summary for children and young people. Indicating fundamental change to how children’s social care is organised, provided and regulated, the report urges far greater support for families (through what it calls Family Help), increased use … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – June 2021

The High Court judgment we summarise below examines the scope of the powers local authorities have with respect to children who are looked after under a care order. Importantly, as the two cases jointly heard by the High Court considered local authorities’ duties in the context of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS), the judgment … Read more