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

Children’s Minister fails to provide reassurance about care review process

Article 39 children’s rights charity wrote to the Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, last month seeking reassurance that the usual democratic processes will be followed should the children’s social care review recommend changes to legislation. The letter was sent after the review’s chair, Josh MacAlister, was asked in a podcast interview why all aspects of children’s … Read more

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