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  • CRAE and others call for civil society to be an enabling space for children Save the Children and CIVICUS issued a joint oral statement, signed by 17 other organisations, including CRAE, in response to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights report, Practical recommendations for the creation and maintenance of a safe and enabling environment for civil society, based on good practice and lessons learned. Read more Jul 2016
  • Call for Evidence – State of Children’s Rights – still time to submit This year’s Call for Evidence for our annual ‘State of Children’s Rights’ report has just closed but if you missed our call, there may still be time to submit evidence! Read more Jul 2016
  • New members of UN Child Rights Committee announced The 2016 elections of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN Committee) were held during the 16th meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in New York on 30th June 2016. Read more Jul 2016
  • Children and Young People with mental health issues likely to be referred to voluntary sector services Youth Access, the national membership organisation for young people’s information, advice, counselling and support services (YIACS), has published two new reports. Read more Jul 2016
  • CRAE pushes for child rights duty in Children and Social Work Bill As the Children and Social Work Bill progresses through the House of Lords, we have been working with Unicef UK and Peers to introduce a child rights duty for public authorities. Read more Jul 2016
  • New resources on the rights of children with family in the criminal justice system i-HOP, the national one-stop information service for all professionals working with children and families of offenders, has published a new briefing. Read more Jul 2016
  • Remember the children: Why children’s rights must be protected post Brexit In the midst of the political fallout following the EU referendum, and with media focus firmly fixed on turmoil within the Conservative and Labour parties, it’s easy to forget about the far-reaching implications that Brexit could have on the very people who played no part in the decision: our children.

    As well as the plethora of EU law, policy and investment which indirectly affect children and young people, a huge number of EU laws and policies have a direct role in promoting and protecting children’s rights. The referendum result potentially puts these safeguards at risk.
    Read more Jul 2016
  • Call for Evidence - State of Children's Rights 2016 Every year CRAE’s annual publication – the ‘State of Children’s Rights’ assesses the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The report is a key advocacy tool for the voluntary sector to hold government to account on this important treaty. To make the report credible, relevant and change focused, we need your input and evidence. This year's call for evidence is now open. Read more Jun 2016
  • CRAE and Unicef UK push for child rights duty The Children and Social Work Bill has recently entered the House of Lords, with the first day of Committee Stage taking place on Wednesday 29th June where Peers will discuss amendments to the Bill. CRAE and Unicef UK have worked with Baroness Walmsley to table an amendment for public authorities to have due regard to the UNCRC and have produced an accompanying briefing. Read more Jun 2016
  • United Nations has “serious concerns” about UK Government’s failure to prioritise children’s needs The UK Government is not putting children at the heart of its policies, a coalition of charities warns, following a damning United Nations report into children’s rights in the UK, published today (Thursday 9th June) [1].

    Despite some progress from their last report in 2008, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child warns that the UK is not doing enough to prioritise children and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential [2].The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), a collective of charities including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, Unicef UK, and others says that too often children bear the brunt of spending cuts and decisions are made without proper consideration of how they affect children.
    Read more Jun 2016