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Reporting to international human rights bodies

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (the UN Committee) is the UN body which oversees states’ compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Every five years, the UK Government is required to report to the Committee on the progress it has made in implementing the UNCRC. It submitted its last report in 2014. Following this, NGOs can produce an “alternative report” for the Committee, setting out their own view, and presenting their own evidence, as to the Government’s compliance. Following oral evidence sessions, the Committee then issues a set of Concluding Observations to the UK, containing recommendations as to the changes the Government should make to law and policy in order to better protect children’s rights.

CRAE co-ordinates the NGO alternative report to the UN Committee in relation to England.We have made comprehensive submissions each time the UK has been examined by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child – in 1995, 2002, 2008 and 2016.

The UN Committee last examined the UK in May 2016. 

CRAE's 2015 alternative report to the UN Committee, was endorsed by 76 organisations in England. You can read the report here.

We also supported children and young people in England to carry out a major children's rights investigation and submit their own reports to the UN in 2008 and 2015. You can watch a film about children's experiences below and read the 2015 children's report here.

The vast majority of the recommendations in the alternative report and the report from children and young people were reflected in the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations.