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  • European Committee for the Prevention of Torture criticises UK’s treatment of children detained in custody In April, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) published their assessment of how well the UK complies with the anti-torture treaty and whether it protects the rights of children detained in the state’s care.

    Last year, CRAE gave written and oral evidence on the treatment of children in custody to the CPT and Committee members visited the UK – including Cookham Wood young offender institution (YOI). The CPT also examined the care and treatment of children with mental health problems detained in police custody.

    Read more Jun 2017
  • Children's rights and policing Thanks to funding from Trust for London, CRAE has been working to improve police treatment of children and young people in London. We are focussing on areas that we know affect children including: the use of force – including Taser and restraints such as spithoods; invasive searches; and overnight detention. CRAE is currently working, with colleagues at Just for Kids Law, StopWatch and others, on a series of briefings that set out the current problems and suggested solutions for London. Read more Jun 2017
  • Consultation on new General Comment on migrant children The UN Committees on the Rights of the Child and Migrant Workers and their Families are welcoming written comments on an early draft of the new joint General Comment on the human rights of children in the context of international migration Read more Jun 2017
  • Exemption clauses that threaten children’s rights dropped We are very pleased that the Government finally agreed to drop the exemption clauses from children’s social care legislation from the Children and Social Work Bill after the Shadow Labour Minister tabled amendments to scrap them. Read more Jun 2017
  • Children and young people need to be heard! #iMatter online action The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is encouraging children and young people to tell decision makers about the conversations and decisions they want to be included in through its new social media action #iMatter. Read more Jun 2017
  • CRPD Committee sets out information request to UK The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has published its List of Issues ahead of the UK examination later in the summer. Read more Jun 2017
  • Exploring the use of child rights approaches in the children’s sector We have now entered the second year of our three-year funded project by the Baring Foundation to build the capacity of voluntary sector organisations to use children’s rights approaches in their advocacy, policy and public affairs work. Read more Jun 2017
  • Political parties set out manifesto commitments to protect children’s rights All the main parties have set out their commitment to safeguard children’s human rights in their General Election manifestos after we wrote to them with our sister organisations Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights, and the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group. Read more Jun 2017
  • A better Brexit for young people? My Life My Say (MLMS) is a national, non-partisan, youth-led movement which is working to secure a better Brexit for young people. Their aim is to stimulate young people’s engagement in politics by facilitating their involvement in decision-making processes and by evolving relationships between young people and decision-makers. Read more Jun 2017
  • Change it! update The Change it! Campaign has made great progress in the last six months. Read more Jun 2017