What we do

Article 39 fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions, a population of around 80,000 in England. We use a variety of methods to promote and protect children’s rights, including:

  • Awareness-raising – we run the rights4children website which gives accessible information about children’s rights generally and within specific institutional settings;
  • Public policy advocacy – we try and influence laws and government policy so that children are better protected within institutional settings;
  • Practice development – we have set up a national network of independent advocates to support them to give the best help to children and young people;
  • Strategic litigation – we support and lead legal challenges when this is the best way of protecting children’s rights;
  • Research – we make freedom of information requests and consult children and young people who live, or have lived, in institutional settings.
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