Who we are

Article 39 fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions (children’s homes, boarding and residential schools, mental health inpatient units, prisons and immigration detention). We take our name from Article 39 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which entitles children who have endured rights violations to recover in environments where their health, self-respect and dignity are nurtured.

Our charitable objects (also known as charitable purposes)

(1) The relief of need, and promotion of the protection, of children living in institutional settings in England through in particular but not exclusively:

(a) The provision of information to children living in institutional settings about law, policy and professional standards in respect of their care and treatment, and the ways in which they can raise concerns and challenge mistreatment;
(b) Undertaking and disseminating research on safeguarding and child protection matters in institutional settings;
(c) Monitoring child protection concerns and practices in children’s institutional settings;
(d) Providing technical advice to government and others on matters related to the safety and well-being of children living in institutional settings;(e) Commenting on proposed legislation concerned with the needs of children living in institutional settings.

(2) The advancement of the human rights of children living in institutional settings in England by all or any of the following means:

(a) Raising awareness of the means by which children may seek redress for human rights abuses;
(b) Monitoring human rights abuses in children’s institutional settings;
(c) Undertaking and disseminating research into human rights in children’s institutional settings;
(d) Providing technical advice to government and others on the human rights of children living in institutional settings;
(e) Commenting on proposed legislation concerned with the human rights of children living in institutional settings;
(f) Obtaining redress for the victims of human rights abuses in children’s institutional settings;
(g) Raising awareness of human rights issues;
(h) Promoting public support for human rights;
(i) Promoting respect for human rights among individuals and corporations.