Charities call for councils to be allowed to run new secure children’s homes

Article 39 and the National Association for Youth Justice are supporting an amendment to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which would allow local authorities to establish and maintain a new form of secure children’s home, and would also prohibit profit-making companies from running this type of establishment. The amendment has been tabled by … Read more

Consultation on care-less standards published

The Department for Education has today (24 May) launched an eight week consultation on standards for unregulated accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17. The standards deliberately omit any requirement to provide care to children. The draft care-less standards follow yesterday’s shocking revelations in the Mail on Sunday that there were nearly 1,300 … Read more

Legal action launched to protect teenagers in care

Article 39 children’s rights charity has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Department for Education. This states that children in care must always live in care settings – but only to the age of 15.   This legal change, due to come into force in September 2021, will … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – May 2021

In this issue we take a closer look at a recent decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning a council’s handling of a statutory complaint made by B, a care leaver, about his local authority’s failure to support him. We use the LGSCO’s decision as an opportunity to highlight the rights … Read more

Article 39 threatens legal action to protect teenagers in care

Article 39 children’s rights charity has today (29 April) formally written to the government threatening legal action to protect the rights of 16 and 17 year-old children in care. In February, the Department for Education announced the outcome of its consultation on the use of unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers. This … Read more