Child protection report reveals nature of serious harms in care

Article 39 has obtained a report from the Department for Education containing devastating information about children dying and suffering serious harm in care in England. The Department for Education had refused to release the report for nearly two years, and was ordered to do so after Article 39 won an information rights tribunal case last … Read more

Tribunal orders release of child protection report

The First-Tier Tribunal General Regulatory Chamber (Information Rights) has ruled that the Department for Education must release a report to Article 39, which analyses 48 separate incidents where children in care died or suffered serious harm (judgment here). The report was produced by the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel, and shared with the Department for … Read more

Pain finally banned as a form of restraint in child prisons – from February 2024

A Ministry of Justice policy document published last week, effective from February 2024, for the first time instructs staff working in child prisons that they “are not permitted to use restraint techniques which deliberately cause pain”.  When the policy is finally implemented, it will be nearly two decades since the death of 14 year-old Adam Rickwood at … Read more

450 children died in care in decade to 2021

The Times newspaper reported this week (7 August) that 450 children looked after by local authorities died in the decade to 2021. 50 of the children were aged 16 or 17 and living in unregulated accommodation at the time of their deaths. In a comment piece in response, Article 39’s Director Carolyne Willow criticised the … Read more

Peers urged to protect children from dangerous and cruel Illegal Migration Bill

Alongside other children’s rights and social work organisations, Article 39 is urging Peers to reject clauses in the Illegal Migration Bill which give the Home Office unprecedented powers to take desperately vulnerable children out of the child welfare system. The Illegal Migration Bill reaches Report Stage in the House of Lords this afternoon (28 June). … Read more