Archive for October, 2017

Article 39 comes to visit the Young People of Phoenix Learning and Care Group

On 30th of August, Carolyn and Pat from Article 39 travelled down to sunny Devon to our Offices in Barnstaple to speak to our Young People from our Children’s Homes.

7 of our Young People chose to take part, and we are very proud of them all!

But what is Article 39 and why did they want to talk to our Young People?

“Article 39 fights for the rights of children living in state and privately-run institutions, a population of around 80,000 in England. They take their name from the part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which entitles children and young people who have been abused or neglected to recover in environments where their health, self-respect and dignity are nurtured. We formed in 2015 and achieved registration with the Charity Commission in March 2016 (registration number 1166092)”.

They are seeking eight institutional sites in England – a mix of educational, health, care and custodial settings – where they can consult children and young people. Once necessary permissions have been obtained, and safeguarding arrangements secured, they  would consult five children and young people in each setting during August or September 2017.

Article 39’s aim is to set up a website for Young People, in these types of settings, to be able to consult at their own will about their “Rights”; using the views of Young People to build and pull it all together.

Carolyn and Pat spend time with our Young People, who represented  a mixture of ages and had quite a mix of “Care” experience, getting to know them and their views.

All the Young People that contributed received a £10 gift card, and will also be receiving a personalised letter of thanks straight to their doors, as well as our own Children’s Council receiving a £50 gift card as a thank you! – Everyone was very pleased!

We can’t wait to share the website with all of our Young People when it goes live in 2018.

Thank you so much for coming down and being able to help our Young People feel heard Article 39!

And a huge Thank You to the Manager of Bridge View, Lucy Squire for organising the session and bringing together our Young People to take part in this huge opportunity.

And again a huge Thank You to our Young People for attending the sessions!

Sarah Jury

Social Media Coordinator