The Department for Education has announced its intention to repeal the duty on inspectorates to prepare dedicated feedback for children on the findings of reviews of services which exist to protect and care for them. The proposal to repeal this duty, in law for a decade, was made in a consultation document issued in the … Read more
Permission has been granted for an Upper Tribunal hearing on whether the manual governing the use of restraint on imprisoned children should be made public. A version of the manual was published by the Ministry of Justice in July 2012, with 182 redactions. Within days of its publication, Article 39’s Director made a freedom of … Read more
The Department for Education has released data for the first time on children missing from care. Across the year to 31 March 2015, the whereabouts were unknown of 6,110 children in the care of English local authorities. Since this is the first time such information has been collected from local authorities, the government advises readers … Read more
Mr Justice Peter Jackson has determined that letters from a birth mother to her child who was adopted as a toddler are a form of correspondence only, and not a manifestation of family connection or relationship. The case, decided in the High Court last month, concerns a child who was born in 2008, to a … Read more
Article 39 is one of 140 media bodies, campaign groups and others to have written to the Prime Minister expressing “serious concern” at the government’s approach to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. The letter was co-ordinated by the Campaign for Freedom of Information. More information here.