The Court of Appeal has today ruled on a case brought by the children’s legal charity Just for Kids Law, who successfully argued that the failure by local authorities in London to provide appropriate alternative accommodation for children arrested and held by the police is unlawful.
Over the summer, we have been working with young people and supporting them to engage directly with the independent review of children’s social care (the Care Review).
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Just for Kids Law and Homeless Link have launched a useful new resource for front-line professionals in the voluntary sector who support 16- and 17-year-olds faced with homelessness. It’s been created so professionals can identify what support a child is entitled to at any point in their journey and assist them to access their rights. The guidance provides practical advice rooted in our experience of how professionals can advocate for 16- and 17-year-olds, as well as information on communicating effectively with children about their choices, and respecting their agency.
The need for this resource illustrates the flaws in the current legal framework surrounding homeless 16- and 17-year-olds and the consequences for this vulnerable group of children.
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This case shows us how woefully ineffective the system for reviewing school exclusions is. Daniel was excluded in November 2019, and was not readmitted until 14 months later, after he had fought six separate reviews. He missed so much education that he had to repeat a year of schooling, and all to find out that he should not have been excluded in the first place.
Leading children’s rights experts and play campaigners including the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (part of Just for Kids Law) and Playing Out have written to the Prime Minister calling for England’s lockdown guidelines to allow and encourage children to play outdoors together, as they return to school today.
In 2020, amongst a backdrop of school closures and the selective allocation of school places, some families found for the first time that fighting for the right to go to school can be a draining, frustrating and frightening experience. For some families however, particularly of children with special educational needs, this fight is not limited to coronavirus lockdown. It is lifelong.
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