Pain-inducing restraint of vulnerable children: legal challenge on hold

Article 39’s application for permission to apply for judicial review of the authorisation of pain-inducing restraint on children has been stayed pending the Charlie Taylor Review and the report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. This means we can return to court should children’s human rights continue to be breached after both investigations … Read more

Article 39 to set up national advocates network

In July 2018, Article 39 conducted an online survey of independent advocates in England. The findings give insight into their experiences, their workload and challenges, the groups of children they work with and what would help advocates give the best help to children and young people. Article 39’s Assistant Director, Helen Donohoe, said: “This survey … Read more

Article 39 and The Care Leavers’ Association join forces to defend child protection rights in the Supreme Court

13 July 2018 Article 39 and The Care Leavers’ Association have been granted permission to intervene in a case (CN v Poole), which will be heard in the Supreme Court on 16/17 July. We jointly applied to intervene because we are extremely concerned about justice being denied to the children, young people and adults we … Read more

Child health bodies urge ban on solitary confinement in custody

The British Medical Association, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Royal College of Psychiatrists have issued a joint position statement calling for the prohibition of solitary confinement in child prisons and secure children’s homes. The health bodies say: “There is an unequivocal body of evidence on the profound impact solitary confinement can … Read more

Minister urged not to weaken children and young people’s legal protections

With 27 other organisations and 15 social work experts, Article 39 has written to the Minister in charge of children’s social care, Nadhim Zahawi MP, to urge him not to accept five recommendations in the fostering stocktake The fostering stocktake was undertaken by Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers. They made 36 recommendations in total, … Read more