Government to regulate absence of care from age 16

The Department for Education has published the outcome of its consultation earlier this year on standards for accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17 in England. Article 39’s Director, Carolyne Willow, responds: “Today’s government response to its consultation on care-less standards continues the development and consolidation of a new market for providers wishing … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – November 2021

In this issue, we focus on a recent High Court judgment relating to local authorities’ duties under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 towards children and young people awaiting the outcome of an age assessment. The High Court found the local authority’s refusal to accommodate three putative children unlawful, dismissing the local authority’s claim … Read more

Care review continues to back government on denial of care to 16 and 17 year-olds in care

The children’s social care review has today (13 October) published a document summing up the feedback it received on its interim report, The Case for Change, published mid-June 2021. A deadline of 13 August was given by the review for comments on that report. The introduction to today’s publication explains that it “reflects back what … Read more

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

Consultation on care-less standards published

The Department for Education has today (24 May) launched an eight week consultation on standards for unregulated accommodation for children in care aged 16 and 17. The standards deliberately omit any requirement to provide care to children. The draft care-less standards follow yesterday’s shocking revelations in the Mail on Sunday that there were nearly 1,300 … Read more