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  • Children’s rights in England 2014: children bearing the brunt of austerity cuts Children in England are experiencing the hard edge of austerity, with mounting threats to their basic human rights. The cumulative impact of cuts to services, the cost of living crisis, and changes to the welfare system, means some children in England are not having their basic needs for shelter and food met and can’t access the services which are supposed to support families, while many more are not able to enjoy a fulfilled and happy childhood.
    On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the blueprint for children’s human rights – the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - the 12th “State of Children’s Rights in England” report reveals that as a result of struggling services and squeezed families too many children are having their basic human rights breached.
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  • Blog: children's rights for an internet age The internet offers enormous benefits to children and young people but MPs have warned that the mental health of children is 'at risk in the digital age'. Following the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's recent day of discussion on digital media and children's rights and the launch of the iRights initiative, CRAE's blog explores children's rights for an internet age. Read more
  • Statement from CRAE on plans to change our human rights protections In response to plans discussed this week to make changes to our human rights protections, Paola Uccellari, Director of the Children’s Rights Alliance England, said:

    “Most of us go about our life never having to think about our human rights – that’s something we can be proud of in the UK today. But we cannot be complacent when it comes to our rights. Children will be the losers if the Human Rights Act is scrapped".
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  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the digital world On the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) the House of Lords will debate the impact of the digital and online world on children and young people's Convention rights. Baroness Kidron will lead a debate about how children's rights can be protected and promoted in the digital age. Our joint briefing with NCB provides an overview of the key issues and evidence. Read more
  • Legal advice on use of force in secure colleges CRAE sought legal advice on proposals for the use of force in secure colleges. We instructed solicitors at Bindmans LLP to seek independent legal advice from Martin Chamberlain QC and Max Schaefer on the lawfulness of allowing guards in secure colleges to use force in order to maintain "good order and discipline" in secure colleges. Read more
  • House of Lords Report Stage Briefing on Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Briefing for the House of Lords during Report Stage of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill. The briefing focuses on Part 2 of the Bill, which contains proposals to introduce secure colleges as a form of youth custody. Read more