Care review continues to back government on denial of care to 16 and 17 year-olds in care

The children’s social care review has today (13 October) published a document summing up the feedback it received on its interim report, The Case for Change, published mid-June 2021. A deadline of 13 August was given by the review for comments on that report. The introduction to today’s publication explains that it “reflects back what … Read more

Our heartfelt thanks to Luke and Oliver Kemmis

We are overjoyed that Luke and Oliver Kemmis have conquered the MARATHON DES SABLES 2021, a spectacular feat they undertook to raise funds for our small charity in honour of their father, John Kemmis, a children’s rights champion and social worker of 50 years. This video shows the brothers arriving at the finish line – … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – September 2021

In this issue, we focus on a decision of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) concerning multiple failings by a council in its care of a looked after child, called ‘D’ in this decision. Because of the failings, D lost a total of 17 months of suitable education, he lost the opportunity to … Read more

High Court gives go-ahead for discrimination claim to protect teenagers in care

The High Court has given the go-ahead for a judicial review of secondary legislation made by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, which provides that children in care in England must always live in regulated settings where they receive day-to-day care from adults – but only to the age of 15. Article 39 children’s rights charity … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – August 2021

In late July, the Supreme Court ruled on the use of the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court in cases where a local authority seeks authorisation to deprive a child of their liberty in accommodation that has not been approved for this purpose. The case was brought by T, a young woman whose deprivation of … Read more