Ministers use COVID-19 to destroy children’s safeguards

Article 39

"A statutory instrument published this afternoon makes unprecedented changes to regulations (secondary legislation) relating to the care and protection of vulnerable children and young people," says this news item from Article 39, an organization that fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions (children’s homes, boarding and residential schools, mental health inpatient units, prisons and immigration detention) in England. The article summarizes the key changes to go into effect, including removing mandatory requirements for six-monthly independent reviews of children in care and the weakening of care standards for children's homes, among others.