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  • Time to rethink the secure estate CRAE has been raising serious concern about violence against children in custody for many years. The secret filming at Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) and subsequent broadcast of the BBC Panorama documentary, ‘Teenage Prison Abuse Exposed’ in January has finally brought the issue into the public domain. Read more Mar 2016
  • Bill of Rights proposals There has been much speculation in recent months on when the proposals for a British Bill of Rights will be published. Read more Mar 2016
  • Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill in Lords A Private Members Bill, put forward by Lord Dholakia, to raise the age of criminal responsibility from ten to twelve in England and Wales had its Second Reading in the House of Lords on 29th January. Read more Mar 2016
  • How can we reframe the debate on criminal justice? Attend the event, 'How can we reframe the debate on criminal justice?' on 7 April 2016. Read more Mar 2016
  • General Comment on street children – call for submissions The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is to develop a General Comment on children in street situations and is seeking submissions. Read more Mar 2016
  • Joint APPG meeting on Youth Justice Review The APPG for Children and the APPG for Penal Affairs are holding a joint meeting on 26th April 17:30-18:60 to discuss the interim findings of Charlie Taylor’s Youth Justice Review. Read more Mar 2016
  • Freedom of Information Act changes ruled out Following significant opposition from a large number of organisations and individuals, the Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock MP has said that the Government ‘will not make any legal changes’ to the Freedom of Information Act. Read more Mar 2016
  • UN publishes List of Issues for UK child rights examination In November, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the UN Committee) published its List of Issues as part of the UK’s examination on its child rights obligations. This is a formal document given to States Parties which sets out where the UN Committee would like more information on particular issues. The information received helps it inform what questions it will ask a government during the examination session. Read more Dec 2015
  • Is Britain Fairer? The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published a report, which looks at progress in achieving equality and human rights implementation in England, Scotland and Wales. Is Britain Fairer? The state of equality and human rights 2015 focuses on education and learning; work, income and the economy; health and care; justice, security and the right to life; and the individual and society. Read more Dec 2015
  • Lords Debate Harris Review on Young People and Prisons At the end of October, the House of Lords debated issues set out in The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives. Read more Dec 2015