Led by the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, NGOs co-ordinated the campaign for a rights-based Children’s Commissioner and worked together during the passage of the Children Act 2004 – the legislation establishing the role of the Children’s Commissioner – to seek to ensure England’s children gained an independent children’s rights champion on a par with the rest of the UK and Europe. In July 2010, the campaign group was reconvened to respond to the review of the Children's Commissioner and has issued its first joint statement.
Two boys convicted in May this year of the attempted rape of an 8 year-old girl when they were aged 10 years, were sentenced today at the Old Bailey. According to press reports, the boys each received a 3-year supervision order and will be required to sign the sex offenders’ register for 2½ years. CRAE’s legal director, Katy Swaine, said: “Human rights law requires children to be treated differently from adults in the conduct of criminal proceedings - including defendants, victims and witnesses. We are concerned that these legal requirements may not have been met in the conduct of this case.”
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is investigating whether public bodies and public transport providers are fulfilling their legal obligations to prevent - as well as eliminate - disability-related harassment. The Commission would like to hear from younger people and parents about their experiences - good or bad - of disability-related harassment, and how well public authorities such as the police, local councils and public transport providers are tackling the issue.
The Government has quietly dropped a duty on schools to record when staff use force on children and to report the incident to the child’s parents, doing so just days before Parliament went into recess.
The Government has agreed to make a copy of the Physical Control in Care manual, governing the use of force on children in secure training centres, available to MPs and peers. The announcement was made in response to a parliamentary question from crossbench peer Baroness Stern, following briefing from the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE). Documents placed in the parliamentary library are available to the public.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >