Article 39 reports that a Court of Appeal judgement, given on 24 November, declared that the Secretary of State for Education acted unlawfully in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making “substantial and wide-ranging” changes to legal protections for children in care in England. Article 39 launched the legal challenge after the government removed and watered down 65 safeguards for children in care in England through The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

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