Age Of Discrimination Law Change Will Mean Children in Care Expected to Live Independently At Just 16

A change in English law will allow those making decisions about where children in care live to discriminate on the basis of their age. The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 has made it a requirement for local authorities to always find homes for children where they will receive day-to-day care. However, this new legal protection will only apply up until the age of 15. Carolyne Willow, director of children’s rights charity Article 39, told Byline Times that the new law “will affect thousands of 16 and 17 year olds who are in care, creating a two-tier care system”. Read more.