CRAE comments on Government’s draft report to the UN
The Government is expected to submit its next report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in February 2014. The report should tell the UN how well the UK has implemented the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Department for Education published its draft report and sought views on how it could be improved. The Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) co-coordinated and drafted a response to the Government's report, on behalf of itself and the following organisations: Action for Children, British Youth Council, Children England, National Children’s Bureau, NSPCC, Save the Children, The Children’s Society and UNICEF UK. The response was also supported by Barnardo’s, Child Soldiers International, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, National Youth Agency, SummerhillSchool and Women’s Aid Federation for England.
In addition to making detailed comments and recommendations, our response makes two key over-arching comments about the Government’s draft report. Firstly, the draft report lacks any analysis of the extent to which measures taken by the Government have had any impact on children, positive or negative, or have promoted or undermined the rights of children. This, we say, undermines the value of the reporting process for the UN Committee, the Government, civil society, and children themselves.
Secondly, the reporting process is not an end in itself, but part of a process of change - of identifying what more needs to be done for children, and moving towards improved outcomes for them. Having identified where further action is needed to promote children’s rights, the Government should use the reporting process to set out its proposals to improve children’s rights.
Read CRAE’s response.
Read the Government’s draft report.