Coronavirus Bill – Second Reading (House of Commons) briefing, 23 March 2020
Originally published by Article 39 on 22/03/2020
Article 39 is a UK based charity advocating 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). The organization takes its name from Article 39 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which entitles children who have suffered rights violations to recover in environments where their health, self-respect and dignity are nurtured. Article 39 understands that the Government must take all necessary action to protect our population at this time of crisis. However, in their view, the state must continue to do all it can to provide care and support to vulnerable children and their families. It considers the removal of local authority duties in the Coronavirus Bill to be disproportionate, and this has the potential to cause great harm to those who are least able to cope. This Brief sets out three proposed amendments to the Coronavirus bill, adding further safeguards and protections for children.