Investigating child abuse in prisons

Article 39's Director has an article published today, about investigating non-recent abuse in child prisons, on the Guardian Social Care's site.

Read the article.

MPs urged to challenge changes to secure accommodation

Article 39 continues to challenge changes pushed through House of Commons Committee stage, which will allow looked after children from England to be detained in secure accommodation in Scotland on welfare grounds.

The changes to the Children Act 1989 were tabled by Children's Minister Edward Timpson MP in December 2016, as amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill. There was no…


Children and Young People Now magazine reported earlier today that it understands Ministers will back amendments to the Children and Social Work Bill, to delete the exemption clauses. This has now been confirmed: the Education Secretary Justice Greening has…

Serious case review into former G4S child prison

The BBC has reported that a serious case review has been launched into the abuse of child prisoners in G4S child prison, Medway secure training centre.

In January 2016, BBC Panorama broadcast disturbing footage of children being physically and emotionally abused by officers. The then Justice Secretary, Michael Gove, established…



The London School of Economics professor whose work has been consistently cited by Ministers as the inspiration for controversial clauses in the Children and Social Work Bill has deserted the policy.

The clauses allow individual councils to opt out of their legal duties to…

Sad day for children's rights

Members of Parliament on the Committee scrutinising the Children and Social Work Bill have voted to allow the exemption clauses back in. These will allow individual councils to be excused from any number of legal duties towards vulnerable children and young people for up to six years.

The Children's Minister repeated today that the purpose of these 'trials' is to test whether duties could…

Children's legal protection under threat

This Tuesday (10 January), Members of Parliament on the Public Bill Committee considering the Children and Social Work Bill will be asked by the Government to reinstate its power to break up children's law.

The House of Lords deleted this part of the Bill on 8 November 2016.

The Government's plan was to hand the Education Secretary, Justine Greening MP, the power to remove…

Two-year limit urged on legal change to secure accommodation

Article 39 is supporting an amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill, which would force a review of expected changes to the law on placing looked after children in secure accommodation in Scotland.

Since the introduction of secure units more than 30 years ago, the law has required that looked after children only be placed outside England and Wales with the consent of the child and…