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  • Children speak out on transgender issues Date: August 2016 We are pleased to announced the first in our new series of briefings “Children speak out” which builds upon the findings of the research in the children and young people’s report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Read more
  • Children and Social Work Bill Briefing Author: CRAE and Unicef UK Date: June 2016 The Children and Social Work Bill has recently entered the House of Lords, with the first day of Committee Stage taking place on Wednesday 29th June where Peers will discuss amendments to the Bill. We have produced a briefing on an amendment for a child rights duty to be placed on public authorities. Read more
  • UN CRC Committee's Concluding Observations 2016 Author: UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Date: June 2016 The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its verdict on the UK’s child rights record. In its Concluding Observations the UN Committee raised concern across a large number of areas. Read more
  • CRAE briefing on the CRC Author: CRAE Date: April 2016 CRAE are pleased to announce the publication of a new briefing paper on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The briefing paper has been produced as part of the See it, Say it, Change it project. It gives an overview of the CRC and explains more about the reporting process. Read more
  • Civil Society reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Date: July 2015 Children’s charities today (Wednesday 1 July) launched a damning report highlighting how Government policies and spending decisions have failed to prioritise children. Based on the evidence in the report, children's charities are asking the Government to put children at the centre of decision-making, including in the forthcoming Budget.The report has been prepared as part of the UN examination of the UK on how well it is respecting children's rights. Read more
  • Children's human rights and housing Author: CRAE Date: April 2015 CRAE's factsheet on children's human rights and housing has been written for colleagues working in NGOs and charities supporting children and homeless families. It aims to:

    • equip you with knowledge about children’s human rights, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how they apply to work on housing issues;
    • encourage you to integrate arguments based on children’s human rights into policy work and campaigning for better housing for homeless children and their families.
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  • House of Lords briefing during Ping Pong on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Author: CRAE, Howard League for Penal Reform, SCYJ, Prison Reform Trust Date: December 2014 Our joint briefing with the Standing Committee for Justice, the Prison Reform Trust and the Howard League for Penal Reform urges members of the House of Lords to keep girls and younger children out of secure colleges when they debate the Bill on 9 December. Read more
  • Briefing on girls and younger children in "secure colleges" Author: CRAE, SCYJ, PRT and the Howard League for Penal Reform Date: November 2014 The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill creates secure colleges as a new form of youth custody. These will be huge children's prisons in which the Government intend to detain 12 to 17 year old girls and boys.

    Last month the House of Lords voted to exclude girls and younger children (under 15 years) from the secure college. Our Briefing urges members of the House of Commons to keep this amendment when they debate the Bill on Monday 1st December.
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  • CRAE response to consultation on secure college rules Author: CRAE Date: November 2014 As part of a proposal to create a new prison for children - secure colleges - the Ministry of Justice consulted stakeholders on their "Plans for Secure College Rules" which would govern the operation of the institution.

    CRAE responded to the consultation to set out our concerns about the safeguarding risks and threats to children's rights inherent in the secure college plan (particularly the proposed use force on children "to ensure good order and discipline").
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