Emergency children’s care rules that removed protections dating back decades declared unlawful

Rob Merrick - The Independent

"Emergency care rules [in the UK] that snatched away safeguards dating back decades have been declared unlawful, in what has been called 'a huge victory for children’s rights,'" according to this article from the Independent. A panel of judges concluded that Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, broke the law in excluding the Children’s Commissioner and other organisations from the rushed decision. Regarding the ruling, Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield stated that "the Court of Appeal has unequivocally recognised the fundamental importance of ensuring that not only the Children’s Commissioner, but crucially also those who represent the rights of children in the care system, are consulted in relation to important decisions about them.”