Parliament to debate Home Office’s accommodation of unaccompanied children

A debate is to be held in Parliament today (7 June) on the Home Office’s accommodation of unaccompanied children in hotels, led by Scottish National Party MP Deirdre Brock. With the agreement of the Department for Education, the Home Office began housing unaccompanied children in hotels in July 2021. The Children Act 1989 unequivocally places … Read more

Government must accept its parental duties, and fast

In responding today (2 February 2023) to the MacAlister review of children’s social care, whose final report was published in May 2022, the Department for Education has issued two consultation documents – one setting out the government’s strategy for reforming children’s social care, the other seeking feedback on the government’s draft National Framework for Children’s … Read more

Law should require government to properly maintain children’s care system

As we await the publication of the government’s strategy for children’s social care, and in response to the Department for Education’s media release, a short statement from Carolyne Willow, Article 39’s Director: “It’s absolutely right that the care system must emulate, at every turn, what makes children thrive in loving families. Right now, we have … Read more

Permission refused for Article 39 to take care discrimination challenge to Court of Appeal

Article 39 children’s rights charity is bitterly disappointed to share the news that our application to take our legal challenge against discriminatory legislation to the Court of Appeal has been refused.  In March this year, we lost our High Court challenge against secondary legislation introduced by the Department for Education which requires local authorities to … Read more

Teenagers across England asked: “what does care mean to you?”

Today, the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign group launches a call to action for 16 and 17 year-olds living in England. The campaign group wants to know what care looks and feels like to 16 and 17 year-olds, to help influence government policy. The views of all 16 and 17 year-olds are sought no matter where in England … Read more