Out of the mouths of babes

“We owe it to our children and to the very process of civic reasoning to recognise the fact that children also possess morally relevant feelings and ideas to which serious consideration is due.” Dr Joshua Forstenzer considers children and citizenship.

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Children and Social Work Bill 2016

Overall, there is no mention of strategy – either at national or local level – for either children in care, care leavers, or those who work with them. There is no vision outlined for looked after children’s services, their purpose, resourcing or structure, and the experiences and outcomes for children that should be delivered by those services. Instead there is a focus on tying up loose ends from previous legislation and obliging local authorities to communicate more, rather than deliver more.

Ain’t Misbehavin’

In Medway the children were being treated by ‘the system’ as delinquent, while the review Board saw them as normal children, with symptoms of deeper vulnerabilities. However much practitioners may try to use other paradigms to tackle offending, the justice system adopts a delinquency model of the child as young as 10 as making a moral choice to break the law that should be prosecuted and punished.

Children and Social Work Bill 2016

The Children and Social Work Bill had its first reading in the House of Lords on May 19th and is expected to have its second reading on June 14th. Children England welcomes certain provisions, such as the extension of support for all care leavers to the age of 25, and the establishment of a designated member of staff for children in care and care leavers in academy schools. However, there are other aspects of the Bill that give us cause for concern.

The army must stop recruiting children

Children England has today joined many other concerned organisations in writing to Penny Mordaunt, Minister for the Armed Forces, to call for an end to the recruitment of under-18s to the British army. It’s a fundamental infringement of the rights of 16- and 17-year olds to expose them to the risks of war, as well as the mental health problems which can be caused or exacerbated by armed service.

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