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  • We are real children, with real issues In this special blog See it, Say it, Change it steering group member, Renee, shares her personal experience of researching children's rights and reporting the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. She tells us why she believes the Government must take action in response to the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations. Read more Jun 2016
  • UK examined by UN on child rights record On 23rd and 24th May, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the UK Government on how well it’s respecting children’s rights. The delegation, headed by Paul Kissack, Director General in the Department for Education, was made up of senior civil servants from across Whitehall.

    CRAE attended the hearing along with two children and young people from our See it, Say it, Change it project steering group.
    Read more May 2016
  • Queen's speech policy briefing Outlining the legislative agenda for the next 12 months at the state opening of parliament on May 16th 2016, the Government set out a range of plans which will potentially have an impact (both beneficial and negative) on children’s rights. Here CRAE summarises the key issues: Read more May 2016
  • Independent report prompts calls to rethink youth justice system In January secret filming for a BBC Panorama documentary revealed serious mis-treatment of children at the G4S run Medway Secure Training Centre (STC). This led the Secretary of State for Justice to create an Independent Improvement Board for Medway to: establish whether it was safe to continue to place children in custody in the STC; scrutinise the robustness of plans put in place by both G4S and the Youth Justice Board; and, to put forward any wider learning for the youth justice system. Read more May 2016
  • Council of Europe launches Strategy for the Rights of the Child On 2 March 2016, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the new Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021) Read more May 2016
  • Child deaths in mental health facilities In early April, Inquest published research into the deaths of children receiving in-patient mental health care. Read more May 2016
  • New briefing paper on children’s rights Last week, CRAE published the first of six policy briefings as part of the See it, Say it, Change it project focusing on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Read more May 2016
  • Increasing overrepresentation of BAME children in custody – despite falls in overall numbers in youth custody The number of children in custody in England and Wales has fallen to a record low, dropping below 900 in April. But despite the decrease in the overall number of young people in custody the overrepresentation of children who are black, Asian or from an ethnic minority (BAME) background is increasing. Read more May 2016
  • Children’s rights forum In April, CRAE’s Director attended the 8th Regional Children’s Rights Forum in Tallin, with children’s rights alliances across Europe. Read more May 2016
  • See it, Say it, Change it update: Time for Change It! This month the See it, Say it, Change it steering group met for their second residential. The steering group began planning for the Change it! campaign phase of their work, which will begin June. Read more May 2016