On Monday evening (18 October), MPs debated whether to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in the alternative vote referendum in 2011. The move was strongly backed by opposition MPs: almost 200 voted in favour of extending entitlement to this age group. Several Liberal Democrat MPs reasserted their firm support for extending the franchise to 16 and 17 year-olds but followed the party whip in voting against this particular amendment.
Children's rights campaigners celebrate changes to child restraint manual and demand inquiry into past abuses in custody
Following years of pressure from the Children's Rights Alliance for England and others, the Ministry of Justice has published two new manuals governing the use of force in privately run secure training centres (STCs). The 2010 Physical Care in Control manual was placed in the Parliament library and delivered to CRAE after the organisation threatened legal action over the advice and techniques contained in the previous manual. It took CRAE a three-year Freedom of Information battle to obtain a full copy of the earlier 2005 manual.
A group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGOs) is today publishing its "minimum requirements" for a new Office of Children's Rights Commissioner for England. The minimum requirements are based on the 2001 framework supported by 130+ NGOs working with children and young people. They have been developed to try and influence the Dunford Review established by Education Secretary Michael Gove in July. If your organisation supports a rights-based and genuinely independent Office of Children's Rights Commissioner, we urge you to sign up to these minimum requirements. Your organisation can be any size - a large charity or trades union, a school council, a faith group, a local voluntary group, a campaign group or a parents' group. If you support what we are calling for, add your name NOW.
The Children's Rights Alliance for England very much welcomes constructive debates stimulated by Barnardo's new “Kids Inside” campaign so long as we can be clear about the legal obligations our government has under international law. Since it ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1991, the UK Government has been required to ensure all children and young people (under 18s) are treated differently from adults within the criminal justice system.
The Children's Rights Alliance for England strongly supports the work and recommendations of Medical Justice, which publishes its report today (9 September) into 'State Sponsored Cruelty'. The report describes the impact of immigration detention on 141 children locked up between 2004 and April 2010.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >