Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”.

The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children.

The “myth-busting guide” suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children and care leavers’ support can be cut back.

DfE lawyers approved the guide.

The guide, which was published last summer, came from the DfE’s innovation unit, which encourages new ways of working in children’s social care.

It covers the interpretation of legal protections for children in care, care leavers, children who are in custody on remand, and children who go missing or run away.

Read the full report on this link to the BBC

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