In March 2022, myself and other young campaigners got an opportunity to share our lived experiences of school exclusion with the Department of Education. In particular, we discussed the Statutory Guidance on School Exclusions and Behaviour - a document that was never shared with me whilst I was at school.
To challenge unfairness in the school exclusions process, the children’s legal charity Just for Kids Law is partnering with law firms across the country to offer free legal advice and representation for children and young people who are faced with fixed term and permanent exclusions.
Today, Just for Kids Law publishes a new report ‘Hitting brick walls: barriers faced by homeless care leavers’, in collaboration with New Horizon Youth Centre and Youth Legal.
The report calls for stronger safeguards to protect young care leavers from homelessness. It includes crucial insight from care leavers who have become homeless, and tangible solutions the Government could deploy to help change the lives of young people in similar situations, ahead of the Independent Care Review publishing its final recommendations to Government later this month.
It is well-known that care leavers are more likely to experience homelessness but significant gaps in policy and practice to support these young people remain. As we eagerly await the final recommendations of the Independent Care Review to Government, our new joint briefing based on practice from ourselves, New Horizon and Youth Legal contains cases studies of care leavers who have become homeless as well as some solutions we hope will be included and change the lives of young people in similar situations.
In March 2022, the Department for Education (DfE) published its long-awaited revised statutory guidance on school exclusions and guidance on behaviour in schools for consultation to address many changes recommended by the Timpson review in 2018. At Just for Kids Law, we find that the children we work with are often unfairly treated and disproportionately affected by school exclusions and behaviour policies. These policies often focus on managing behaviour rather than supporting children that display behaviours that challenge.
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A coalition of 12 children’s charities led by Just for Kids Law, including NSPCC, The Children’s Society, and Barnardo’s, have sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi, calling for the Statutory Guidance on Exclusions and Guidance on Behaviour to better protect vulnerable children facing school exclusion from child criminal exploitation (CCE).
This story about ‘Aaron’ and his right to education is based on real people and true events. The names of the individuals involved have been changed in order to protect them.
Child Q and her family have taken a decision not to give interviews to the press at this stage in an effort to protect Child Q’s privacy. The family requested that there be no speculation as to their identities or the identities of Child Q’s school which could, in turn, result in Child Q’s identity becoming known.
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