Education secretary ‘unlawfully scrapped children’s rights’

England’s education secretary acted unlawfully in scrapping a string of legal protections for children in care, Appeal Court judges have ruled.

They said Gavin Williamson should have consulted England’s children’s commissioner and other groups, before scrapping 65 safeguards for children.

The court said consulting such bodies would have been “manifestly in the interest of vulnerable children”.

The government says it is disappointed by the ruling.

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