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.
Our education solicitor Florence Cole has been representing Child Q since the case was referred to her in 2020.
Exclusions have been rising in schools across England over the past decade. Official Government statistics show that from 2019 to 2020 more than 5,000 children were permanently excluded from school. That includes more than 700 children under the age of ten.
Just for Kids Law, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, and 15 other supporting organisations have submitted our response to the Government's consultation on reform of the Human Rights Act.
We are extremely concerned about the proposals set out in the consultation on reform of the Human Rights Act (HRA).
Today, the children’s rights charity Just for Kids Law is calling for an end to the overnight detention of children by police with the launch of its latest report, “It’s horrible when they keep you in there at night”: Ending the overnight detention of children in police custody, at a briefing to Parliamentarians, police representatives, and youth justice campaigners.