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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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