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  • New briefing - Barriers and solutions to using children's rights approaches in policy Author: Natalie Williams Date: July 2017 Over the last few months, we have been conducting research to explore the barriers and solutions to using a children’s rights approach to policy. Our new briefing outlines the findings and suggests some potential solutions for how to embed a children’s rights approach to policy making across your organisation and the Government. Read more
  • Child friendly versions of the Concluding Observations Author: Louise King Date: July 2017 These two pamphlets, funded by the Department for Education, summarise the 2016 Concluding Observations in child-friendly language. One is aimed at younger children aged between 7 and 11 years and the other for children aged between 12 and 17 years. Read more
  • New briefing on implementing children's rights Author: CRAE Date: May 2017 We have published a new briefing on how well the UK is putting in place the right laws, mechanisms and structures to make sure the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is fully implemented.

    If a State is to make sure that all children, no matter their background or circumstance, have all their rights respected then it needs to put in place some specific things like a senior minster for children, who can champion children’s rights across government; an impact assessment process to assess how a policy or new law will affect the implementation of children’s rights; and an action plan to make sure it is doing all it can to make the rights set out in the CRC become a reality for children. Together these things are known as the General Measures of Implementation (GMIs).
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  • Children speak out on living in care Date: April 2017 We are pleased to announce the third in our series of briefings “Children speak out”. In this briefing children speak out on their experiences of living in care and talk about areas where their rights aren’t being met including; entering and leaving care; inadequate support from social workers; and problems in foster placements. Read more
  • 'State of Children’s Rights in England 2016' Report Author: Natalie Williams, Louise King, Anna Edmunson and Catherine Franks Date: December 2016 Read this year’s ‘State of Children’s Rights in England’ which finds that increasing numbers of children have been let down in 2016 and denied the basic things they need to develop and thrive. Read more
  • Summary - The Concluding Observations of the UN Committee of the Rights of the Child 2016 Author: Natalie Williams Date: October 2016 Briefing to summarise the 150 2016 Concluding Observations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2016 in four easy to read pages Read more
  • Children Speak Out on Policing and Criminal Justice Date: October 2016 Children and young people have spoken out about their experiences of policing and the criminal justice system and called for change.

    CRAE's new briefing draws on a survey and in-depth focus group consultations with nearly 1,000 children and young people across England. It revealed distressing details about children’s treatment at the hands of the police and youth justice system.
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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