Legal protections within child prisons to be reinstated in March

Article 39 and The Howard League for Penal Reform today (Thursday, 13 January) welcome the fact that new secondary legislation has been introduced that ends the curtailment of critical legal protections to people in prison, including children, that were imposed early on in the pandemic. Legislation rushed through in May and June 2020 permitted the cutting back of basic rights to visits, … Read more

Court of Appeal to hear child safeguards legal challenge

Next week the Court of Appeal will hear Article 39’s appeal of a High Court ruling that the Education Secretary acted lawfully in failing to consult children and young people, the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before removing and diluting 65 safeguards for children in care. This radical deregulation was achieved … 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