Over the past two days, there has been significant media attention to the story of Jadan Shepherd, a 9 year old boy who was stopped and searched by the Metropolitan Police, using powers under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. CRAE has been widely quoted in news reports, pointing out that the age of criminal responsibility means that it is not possible for children under 10 to commit criminal offences in this country. We are also calling on the Home Office and police to produce clear guidelines on the stopping and searching of children, especially younger children below the age of criminal responsibility, taking full account of children’s rights and seeking children’s views.
Responding today to the Government’s plans to reform the National DNA Database, after last year's European Court of Human Rights ruling that it violates privacy rights, the Standing Committee for Youth Justice has expressed disappointment at the Government’s failure to respect the privacy rights of children who come into contact with the police. The Committee, of which CRAE is a member, criticises the evidence presented by the Government in support of its plans, which fails to address children and young people’s distinct needs and status. We have called for a comprehensive, evidence-based review of the NDNAD and surrounding procedures, in order to ensure the use of the database for children’s data complies with human rights and equality requirements.
The Children, Schools and Families Committee has published its report into the Training of Children and Families Social Workers. It has accepted evidence, given by CRAE in its submission, that children’s rights is an area of deficiency in social work degree courses.
Children's Minister Kevin Brennan has confirmed that every local authority will be expected to establish a Children in Care Council. Speaking during debates on the Children and Young Persons Bill, the Minister said statutory guidance would make it clear that 'every local authority should have a children in care council or an equivalent structure to ensure that looked-after children and young people are able to put their experiences of the care system directly to those responsible for service delivery'.
CRAE has responded to the Youth Citizenship Commission final report on youth citizenship in the UK. We believe that the Government should listen to young people and lower the voting age to 16 in all UK elections.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >