Government facing legal challenge over unregulated accommodation and 16-17 year olds

A children’s rights charity has threatened the Government with legal action over its decision not to ban the use of unregulated accommodation for 16 and 17 year-old children in care.

In February, the Department for Education announced that a ban on placing vulnerable children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation or semi-independent placements would come into force in September this year. This will be through The Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021.

Charity Article 39 said the decision not to extend the same protection to 16 and 17 year-old children in the care of local authorities would leave thousands “without any adult care and very limited adult supervision”. Read more.