Our charity

Article 39 fights for the rights of children and young people (under 18 years old) who live in children’s homes, hospitals and other health places, immigration detention, prisons, schools and secure children’s homes.

We take our name from Article 39 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This says that if you have been abused or mistreated in any way you have the right to recover in a place where your health, self-respect and dignity are built up.

Our Director, Carolyne Willow, set up Article 39 charity in 2015. She used to be a child protection social worker and then became a children’s rights officer for children and young people in care and leaving care. She has worked in children’s rights ever since – for over 25 years!

Article 39’s Trustees are responsible for the charity. They are called Alex Gask, Cathy Brown, Ella Dhillon, Nicola Wyld, Phillip Noyes and Suraya Skelland. Each of them has particular skills and knowledge around both the rights of children and young people who live away from home and running a great charity.

Pam Hibbert, Stela Stansfield and Tony Fort are Article 39 Associates. They consulted children and young people about this site – excellent!

We have lots of other people connected to our charity. They are all strong supporters of children’s rights.

Our rights4children website

Article 39 and the website company Wholegrain Digital worked together to make this site.

Many children and young people gave us brilliant expert advice. You can read more about this here.

We have divided information about your rights into four sections, which then split into different topics. The topics are on subjects children and young people told us are important to them.

The four sections are:

  • Your life, your feelings
  • Where you live
  • When things are difficult
  • Moving and leaving

The icons for the four sections are always at the bottom of your screen.

If you enter one of the four sections, you will see topic icons. If the topic has a star on it, it means you haven’t read it yet.

The A to Z is an index for all of the topics on our site.

When you enter a topic, the information is usually split between ‘Your rights – general’ and ‘Your rights – extra’.

  • Your rights – general gives rights information wherever you live. All of this information applies to children and young people who live in children’s homes, hospitals or other health places, immigration detention, prisons, schools and secure children’s homes.
  • Where there are extra rights in different places, we tell you about them in Your rights – extra.
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If you like anything you read, we’d love it if you could click the thumbs up icon!

We also ask you to give feedback on a topic after you have read it. This should take only a few minutes. It will help us improve the site. Please especially tell us if there are any new topics you want on the site.

Sometimes we cannot avoid using words or phrases that are not commonly used. When this happens, you’ll see a perforated line under the word or phrase. If you hover over the word or phrase, a description will appear.

We’d be very grateful if you could tell your friends about our site.

One final thing… please visit again as we’ll be adding new information regularly.