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Our work in relation to access to justice for children

The most important thing about children’s rights is the impact they have on children’s everyday lives. But if things go wrong, children should be able to take action. We want to see greater access to justice for children. 

This means mechanisms, such as judicial review, which allow children to bring a case, procedures which are accessible for children, and legal aid. 

In December 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted an Optional Protocol (an additional agreement) to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In states which have ratified the Optional Protocol children can take a case to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child when they think their rights have been breached. The UK Government has not ratified the Optional Protocol, but CRAE is calling for the Government to do so. Read our letter to the Minister. CRAE is also a member of the Ratify OP3 CRC coalition. Read their guide to the Optional Protocol for children and young people.

We need a proper system of legal aid to support children wishing to take a case to the domestic courts. Read our response to the most recent legal aid consultation.