House of Commons debates the loss of children’s safeguards

On 10 June 2020, seven weeks after the government removed or diluted 65 safeguards for children in care without prior public consultation or time allowed for parliamentary scrutiny, the Labour Party led a vote against the radical changes. Labour’s motion was to annul (withdraw) The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument 445). … Read more

Legal action launched to protect children in care

Children’s rights charity Article 39 has today (5 June) applied to the High Court for a judicial review of changes made to children’s social care law by the Department for Education. This was done without any public consultation or time given for parliamentary scrutiny and debate.  We are raising funds to help our legal action. … Read more

65 safeguards removed or diluted overnight

More than a month after Statutory Instrument 445 – The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 – made around 100 changes to 10 sets of children’s social care regulations, the government has still not published a full list of the safeguards removed or diluted. These changes were laid before Parliament on 23 April 2020 … Read more

Views of care experienced people sought by the government

The Department for Education has extended its deadline for care experienced people to share their views and experiences of unregulated accommodation. The new deadline is 23 June 2020. Article 39 strongly encourages those who have ever lived in unregulated accommodation to contribute to this consultation. We have worked with others in our #KeepCaringTo18 campaign steering … Read more

Defending children’s rights in care – why we have threatened legal action

On 7 May 2020, a letter before action was sent to the Department for Education threatening legal action if it does not withdraw Statutory Instrument 445 – The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. Listen to our Director, Carolyne Willow, explain why we have taken this action. Show your support – sign our online … Read more