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

Article 39 threatens legal action over loss of legal protections for children in care

Children’s rights charity Article 39 has today (7 May) formally threatened legal action against the Department for Education, if it does not withdraw a statutory instrument which makes sweeping changes to safeguards for children in care in England. The letter before action claims the government has acted unlawfully in its failure to consult on the … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – May 2020

We look at the ‘public sector equality duty’ by referencing two recent cases where failure to adequately consider and monitor the impact of policies was challenges as discriminatory against people with protected characteristics. We also zoom in on a case which drew attention to the nationwide shortage of secure accommodation for children and young people. High Court judgment shines … Read more