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Our work in relation to the Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act 1998 is the main law protecting human rights, including children’s rights, in the United Kingdom.

The Human Rights Act has been hugely important for children. Cases under the Act have made clear that public authorities must step in when children are suffering violence and abuse, that families should not be split up unless there is a very good reason for doing so and that the press should not invade the privacy of children.

Despite this, myths and misunderstandings have taken root in relation to the Human Rights Act. CRAE is working to promote a better understanding of how the Human Rights Act helps children.