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

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

Article 39 seeks transparency over market study on children’s social care

Article 39 has today (7 July 2021) submitted a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office following the Competition and Market Authority’s refusal to release correspondence it had with the following public authorities before it launched its market study on children’s social care earlier this year: Department for Education Chair of the Children’s Social Care Review, … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – June 2021

The High Court judgment we summarise below examines the scope of the powers local authorities have with respect to children who are looked after under a care order. Importantly, as the two cases jointly heard by the High Court considered local authorities’ duties in the context of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS), the judgment … Read more

Ministers use COVID-19 to destroy children’s safeguards

A statutory instrument published this afternoon makes unprecedented changes to regulations (secondary legislation) relating to the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people. The changes to 10 sets of regulations come into force tomorrow (24 April 2020), and are due to expire on 25 September 2020 – though this expiry date can be … Read more