Care Standards Act 2000 extended to supported accommodation for children in care

The Department for Education has today (18 July) laid secondary legislation before Parliament which adds supported accommodation to the list of services which are (to be) regulated under the Care Standards Act 2000. It is due to come into force on 8 August 2022. The secondary legislation does not provide a description of supported accommodation, … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – July 2022

In April 2022, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman published a decision about a council’s failings connected to payment of savings to two children who were previously in care. The complaint, made by a foster carer on behalf of two children she was looking after, was upheld. While the Ombudsman’s decision centred on the … Read more

Children’s rights probe on Family Review

Article 39 has submitted a request for an internal review to the Office of Children’s Commissioner, following its failure to answer a series of questions on the Family Review, which was announced in March 2022. In a freedom of information request in April, Article 39’s Director asked the Office of Children’s Commissioner to provide the … Read more

Education Secretary urged to act decisively on care standards

Charities running the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign have today written to the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, urging him to accept the care review’s recommendation that every child in care receives care where they live, and accelerate its implementation so that the whole care sector is clear about what is required to meet the needs and fulfil the rights … Read more

Serious harms in care report to remain unpublished

The national statutory body for child safeguarding has refused to publish a report which analysed 48 separate incidents where children in care died or were seriously harmed (see its headline findings below). Thirty organisations, including Article 39, wrote to the Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel at the end of April, requesting that … Read more