Education Secretary urged to act decisively on care standards

Charities running the #KeepCaringTo18 campaign have today written to the Education Secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, urging him to accept the care review’s recommendation that every child in care receives care where they live, and accelerate its implementation so that the whole care sector is clear about what is required to meet the needs and fulfil the rights … Read more

Children’s rights legal digest – April 2022

This month, we examine the unsuccessful judicial review brought by Article 39 against the Secretary of State for Education which relates to the changes introduced by The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. The 2021 Regulations amended The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) Regulations 2010, making it unlawful for … Read more

High Court rules there was no discrimination in age-based legal protection for children in care 

The High Court has this afternoon (16 March 2022) handed down its judgment on controversial secondary legislation which protects children in care aged 15 and under but not those aged 16 and 17. It has rejected all three grounds of Article 39’s claim: that the Education Secretary irrationally discriminated against 16 and 17 year-olds; that … Read more

High Court to hear children in care discrimination claim

In a two-day hearing starting today (8 February), the High Court will be told that the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, has irrationally discriminated against children in care aged 16 and 17 by making secondary legislation which only protects children aged 15 and under. Lawyers acting for a small children’s rights charity, Article … Read more

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