Minister announces unprecedented programme of measures to embed the CRC
We welcome the programme of measures that the Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, has announced, to embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into national and local policy making. This was in response to our proposed joint amendment to the Children and Social Work Bill for a duty for public authorities to have due regard to the CRC. This includes:
- Revising the ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children Guidance’ so that it is underpinned by the CRC.
- Developing a non-legislative framework for child rights impact assessments with the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.
- Developing a training package to raise awareness of the CRC across the civil service and potentially local authorities.
- Working with stakeholders to promote and share best practice from local authorities who are effective in promoting children’s rights.
- Evaluating the impact of the CRC duties in Wales and Scotland and considering the need for one in England.
You can read the debate here and download our joint evidence to the Public Bill Committee here.
Whilst this is unprecedented progress, we will continue to push the Government to introduce a duty and produce an action plan on the Concluding Observations. We will be working with them to take forward these measures as co-chairs of a new Department for Education UNCRC Advisory Group involving all the major children’s charities.