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  • Call for Evidence - State of Children's Rights 2016 Every year CRAE’s annual publication – the ‘State of Children’s Rights’ assesses the UK’s progress on implementing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The report is a key advocacy tool for the voluntary sector to hold government to account on this important treaty. To make the report credible, relevant and change focused, we need your input and evidence. This year's call for evidence is now open. Read more
  • CRAE and Unicef UK push for child rights duty 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. CRAE and Unicef UK have worked with Baroness Walmsley to table an amendment for public authorities to have due regard to the UNCRC and have produced an accompanying briefing. Read more
  • United Nations has “serious concerns” about UK Government’s failure to prioritise children’s needs The UK Government is not putting children at the heart of its policies, a coalition of charities warns, following a damning United Nations report into children’s rights in the UK, published today (Thursday 9th June) [1].

    Despite some progress from their last report in 2008, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child warns that the UK is not doing enough to prioritise children and give them the opportunity to fulfil their potential [2].The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), a collective of charities including Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, Unicef UK, and others says that too often children bear the brunt of spending cuts and decisions are made without proper consideration of how they affect children.
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  • Joint Briefing on Residence Test Joint briefing paper on the 'residence test' in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 and the Order which would bring it into effect. The test would affect vulnerable children and flout the UK's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Read more
  • Criminal Justice and Courts Bill - Lords Briefing Briefing from CRAE, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Standing Committee for Youth Justice (SCYJ) for the House of Lords Second Reading of the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill, focusing on the proposals for "secure colleges" and the use of coercive force on children in custody. Read more
  • State of Children's Rights in London Report analysing the extent to which children in London enjoy their rights. Based on statistics, freedom of information requests and focus groups with children and young people, the report uncovers huge disparities across London. Read more