Child welfare and refugee groups implore Education Secretary to protect unaccompanied children

Article 39 has joined scores of other organisations in urging the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to take immediate action to protect children arriving in the UK on boats. A joint letter, signed by around 70 organisations, was sent to Gavin Williamson yesterday afternoon (29 July) amid reports that the Minister had authorised the Home Office … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – July 2021

This important decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerns a complaint made by a care experienced young woman about the council’s failure to protect her from harm when she suffered “significant and repeated incidents of abuse” during her time in care. The handling of her complaint by the council was so … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – June 2021

The High Court judgment we summarise below examines the scope of the powers local authorities have with respect to children who are looked after under a care order. Importantly, as the two cases jointly heard by the High Court considered local authorities’ duties in the context of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS), the judgment … Read more

Legal action launched to protect teenagers in care

Article 39 children’s rights charity has applied to the High Court for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Department for Education. This states that children in care must always live in care settings – but only to the age of 15.   This legal change, due to come into force in September 2021, will … Read more

Unregulated provision – public consultation will be “fundamentally flawed” without meaningful consultation with children and young people

The Department for Education is undertaking a consultation on unregulated provision for children in care and care leavers. The original deadline was 8 April 2020. Since we are in the middle of a global pandemic, 91 organisations and individuals wrote to Children’s Minister Vicky Ford MP asking her to postpone the consultation. The consultation was … Read more