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

Care review urges major reorganisation of children’s social care

The children’s social care review has today (23 May) published its final report, making over 70 recommendations including the axing of independent reviewing officers and the creation of around 20 new regional bodies (called Regional Care Cooperatives – RCCs) across England to run and set up new fostering services, children’s homes and secure care, as … Read more

FOI success for Article 39 – social care market study

On 10 February 2022, the Competition and Markets Authority finally released correspondence to Article 39, which we requested on 26 February 2021 using the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The Competition and Markets Authority had refused to release the information, relying on the exemption in section 31(1)(g) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Article … Read more

Children and young people with the law behind them

Ahead of the care review’s online event around the theme of ‘freedom vs responsibility’[1],  below we share 10 examples where we have used the law and statutory guidance this year to protect the rights of children in care and young adults who were formerly in care. We could have included many more examples, but have kept … Read more

Children’s Minister fails to provide reassurance about care review process

Article 39 children’s rights charity wrote to the Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, last month seeking reassurance that the usual democratic processes will be followed should the children’s social care review recommend changes to legislation. The letter was sent after the review’s chair, Josh MacAlister, was asked in a podcast interview why all aspects of children’s … Read more