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  • UNCESCR publishes List of Issues on UK examination The UN has published its List of Issues for the examination of the UK Government on implementation of the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights taking place next summer. 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
  • Lack of capacity undermines training on policing children Police training on children’s issues has been undermined by a ‘lack of capacity’, according to Olivia Pinkney, deputy chief constable of Sussex Police and the National Police Chiefs Council’s (NPCC) lead officer for children and young people. Read more Dec 2015
  • Do you have case studies on the Human Rights Act? CRAE is mobilising the children’s sector to speak out on defending the Human Rights Act, which provides vital protection for children. Read more Dec 2015
  • Members and Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights Appointed At the beginning of November, the Joint Committee on Human Rights appointed its members from the House of Commons and House of Lords. The Chair is Harriet Harman MP. Read more Dec 2015
  • Bid to overturn Commons vote on lowering the voting age fails An attempt by Labour to overturn the House of Commons vote, which barred 16 and 17 year-olds from taking part in the European Union Referendum, has failed. Read more Dec 2015
  • Universal Children’s Day The 20th November is Universal Children’s Day, a day devoted to promoting the welfare of children worldwide and the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) by the UN General Assembly in 1989. The UK Government ratified the CRC over 25 years ago, in 1991, yet many children in the UK still do not get their rights met. Read more Dec 2015
  • Concern with Freedom of Information Commission proposals Many organisations, including CRAE, have expressed concern about the Freedom of Information (FOI) Commission’s recent consultation. Read more Dec 2015
  • New animations on children’s rights The Children’s Commissioner for England has released a series of short animated films for children, helping them to know and understand their rights. Read more Dec 2015
  • Child abuse in the family The Children’s Commissioner for England has published the first report of her Inquiry into child sexual abuse within the family environment. The report, Protecting Children from harm: A critical assessment of child sexual abuse in the family network and priorities for action, outlines the findings of the first phase of the Inquiry, which aimed to assess the scale and nature of child sexual abuse in the family environment. Read more Dec 2015
  • Martin Narey to lead review of residential care system The Prime Minister and the Secretary for State for Education have announced a review of children’s residential care, led by Sir Martin Narey. Read more Dec 2015