Supreme Court rules local authorities can be held liable for failing to protect children from harm

In a much-awaited judgment handed down today (6 June), the Supreme Court has restored the right of children and young people to sue for negligence where a local authority has failed to protect them from harm.  Article 39 and The Care Leavers’ Association jointly intervened in this landmark case, after a Court of Appeal decision … Read more

Joint call for closure of Medway secure training centre & secure school

With 35 others, yesterday Article 39 sent a joint open letter to the Justice and Children’s Ministers urging them to close Medway secure training centre and discontinue plans to make it the country’s first experimental secure school. The move comes after the publication of a serious case review into the centre, and last week’s Ofsted … Read more

Systemic and serious child protection failures – G4S and Medway Safeguarding Children Board

Medway Safeguarding Children Board has this afternoon published the serious case review it commissioned into the abuse of children in G4S-run Medway secure training centre, which was exposed by a BBC Panorama programme in January 2016. Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director, said: “This review confirms what millions of us watched on the BBC Panorama programme: … Read more

Article 39 and The Care Leavers’ Association join forces to defend child protection rights in the Supreme Court

13 July 2018 Article 39 and The Care Leavers’ Association have been granted permission to intervene in a case (CN v Poole), which will be heard in the Supreme Court on 16/17 July. We jointly applied to intervene because we are extremely concerned about justice being denied to the children, young people and adults we … Read more