The Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has brought together in one document the mounting concerns and evidence relating to abusive restraint in child custody for Lord Carlile of Berriew QC's public hearing. Our national co-ordinator, Carolyne Willow, will be giving evidence to Lord Carlile in Parliament on 11 May.
On Monday morning (18 April) a 17 year-old was found hanging in his cell at Wetherby young offender institution. He is the 27th child to die in custody since the UK ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in December 1991. The 17 year-old was on remand, which means he had either not been convicted or not been sentenced.
Today's announcement (18 March) of the membership and terms of reference of the Bill of Rights Commission marks the start of campaigning by the Children's Rights Alliance for England to seek much greater rights protection for England's 11 million children. It's almost 20 years since the UK took on legal obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, yet children's rights continue to be widely breached and misunderstood - so much so that when the United Nations last examined the UK's children's rights record it made nearly 120 recommendations.
Regulations have been laid before Parliament which provide greater protection for children relating to restraint. The Children's Homes Regulations 2011, coming into force on 1 April 2011, specify for the first time that restraint in children's homes is only permitted in three circumstances:
The Ministry of Justice has today (10 March) published the follow-up report of Peter Smallridge CBE and Andrew Williamson CBE into the restraint of children in young offender institutions, secure training centres and secure children's homes.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >