Peers vote against government to allow councils to run new type of secure children’s home

Article 39 and the National Association of Youth Justice (NAYJ) are delighted that the House of Lords has voted to allow local authorities to run secure 16 to 19 Academies, a new type of secure children’s home which will also operate as an academy. Formerly known as secure schools, these new establishments will be registered … Read more

Government to regulate absence of care from age 16

The Department for Education has published the outcome of its consultation earlier this year on standards for accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17 in England. Article 39’s Director, Carolyne Willow, responds: “Today’s government response to its consultation on care-less standards continues the development and consolidation of a new market for providers wishing … Read more

Call for government guidance to keep children safe in institutional settings

Article 39 has today (15 December 2021) published new research on allegations made against adults working in children’s institutional settings (boarding and residential schools, children’s homes, immigration detention, mental health inpatient units and prisons) in England between 2018/19 and 2020/21, and the action taken by local authorities. Awareness of child abuse within institutional settings has steadily grown … 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 rights considerations now officially part of the care review

The Children’s Social Care Review has agreed to sector-wide calls to conduct a Children’s Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA) ahead of issuing its recommendations to government. CRIAs are an essential mechanism to help ensure that government policy, legislation and budgeting are consistent with international children’s rights standards. Within government, they are a tool used by civil … Read more