Article 39 calls for inquiry and legal help for children, following abuse allegations at G4S child prison

Article 39 has today (25 October 2021) written to the Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, calling for an inquiry into the alleged abuse and human rights violations of children living in G4S-run Oakhill secure training centre. The move comes after a whistleblower contacted the charity last month, alleging: serious child abuse over a protracted period of … Read more

Care review continues to back government on denial of care to 16 and 17 year-olds in care

The children’s social care review has today (13 October) published a document summing up the feedback it received on its interim report, The Case for Change, published mid-June 2021. A deadline of 13 August was given by the review for comments on that report. The introduction to today’s publication explains that it “reflects back what … Read more

Our heartfelt thanks to Luke and Oliver Kemmis

We are overjoyed that Luke and Oliver Kemmis have conquered the MARATHON DES SABLES 2021, a spectacular feat they undertook to raise funds for our small charity in honour of their father, John Kemmis, a children’s rights champion and social worker of 50 years. This video shows the brothers arriving at the finish line – … Read more

Article 39 vacancy

Could you provide our small team with excellent behind-the-scenes help? We have a little vacancy which could make a big difference to our work for children’s rights. Deadline for applications – 5 November 2021 4pm. More here.

Children’s rights legal digest – September 2021

In this issue, we focus on a decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning multiple failings by a council in its care of a looked after child, called ‘D’ in this decision. Because of the failings, D lost a total of 17 months of suitable education, he lost the opportunity to … Read more