The Children’s Rights Alliance for England merges into Just for Kids Law
On 5th August 2015 the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) merged into Just for Kids Law.
CRAE and Just for Kids Law know that children’s rights are a powerful tool in making life better for children and young people and share the same ambition to achieve the full realisation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which the UK ratified in 1991.
Both charities believe that joining together will strengthen their work. CRAE's public affairs and policy functions, and expertise on international human rights, will complement Just for Kids Law's litigation capacity and direct service provision. Together, the combined charity will increase the impact of their work for children’s rights. It will create an organisation which combines strategic litigation, political affairs, policy and research alongside providing direct services to disadvantaged children and young people. The combined charity will raise awareness of children’s rights and support children to campaign on issues important to them.
CRAE and Just for Kids Law believe that together we can achieve more change and galvanise greater support for children's rights. Through joining forces we will be a much stronger voice.
Just for Kids Law and CRAE share the same ethos and values and have collaborated before on many successful campaigns and legal interventions. We are keen to harness each other’s strengths while pooling resources in these financially straitened times. We will work together to achieve our common aim of protecting and promoting the rights of children.
We believe that it is particularly important at this time, with the Human Rights Act under threat, and many of the provisions in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child failing to be met in England, that there is the strongest possible voice to advocate for children's human rights.
Carolyn Regan, Chair of the Just for Kids Law Board of Trustees, said:
‘We are delighted that CRAE is joining Just for Kids Law at this important time. Together we can continue to support, advocate and lobby for children and young people, and also lead on the policy work which underpins it all.’
Alison Marshall, Chair of CRAE said:
‘CRAE’s members are passionate about holding those in power to account on children’s rights as our track record and strong recent reports to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child show. CRAE is joining with Just for Kids Law to strengthen the difference we can make for children and young people across the country.’