House of Commons debates the loss of children’s safeguards

On 10 June 2020, seven weeks after the government removed or diluted 65 safeguards for children in care without prior public consultation or time allowed for parliamentary scrutiny, the Labour Party led a vote against the radical changes. Labour’s motion was to annul (withdraw) The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 (Statutory Instrument 445). … Read more House of Commons debates the loss of children’s safeguards

Government’s plans for children in care seriously disappointing

The Department for Education has today announced a public consultation on its plans for children in care who are placed in unregulated accommodation by local authorities. Staff who work in such accommodation are not legally permitted to provide care to children; they may only provide support. Government proposals include: A ban on under 16 year-olds … Read more Government’s plans for children in care seriously disappointing

CHILDREN’S COALITION LAUNCHES ITS ELECTION PRIORITIES

A coalition of over 70 organisations and experts concerned with children’s rights and welfare has today (6 November) published a series of 30 pledges which would transform the lives of children and young people, and their parents and carers. The priorities include tackling child and family poverty, building an inclusive education system, ensuring children in … Read more CHILDREN’S COALITION LAUNCHES ITS ELECTION PRIORITIES

Children abandoned at Feltham prison

Today’s inspection report on Feltham child prison, in the London Borough of Hounslow, shows children have been effectively abandoned by our child welfare system. They are not safe, they are not being educated, they are in a lawless, violent environment and safeguards introduced after the deaths and mistreatment of other children are not followed. The … Read more Children abandoned at Feltham prison

Oasis Charitable Trust to run Medway secure school

Days after another child died in prison, the Ministry of Justice has announced that the Oasis Charitable Trust has been selected to run its first experimental secure school. Article 39’s Director, Carolyne Willow, said: “The site chosen for the experimental secure school is a child prison beset by abuse scandals and systemic failures. “Three years … Read more Oasis Charitable Trust to run Medway secure school