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  • CRAE shortlisted for prestigious human rights award CRAE is delighted that our joint work to halt plans for a giant children’s prison – the so called ‘secure college’ - has been shortlisted for the prestigious Liberty Human Rights Campaign of the Year Award.

    The proposals for the secure college were included in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act but the Government confirmed in July they would not be going ahead.
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  • Two of the UK’s central children’s organisations join forces to strengthen the rights of children and young people The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) is merging into Just for Kids Law it was announced today. Both charities know that children’s rights are a powerful tool in making life better for children and young people. They share the same ambition to achieve the full realisation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which the UK ratified in 1991. Read more
  • Invisible children: ignored by government and bearing the brunt of spending decisions 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. Read more
  • Children's human rights and housing 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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  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the digital world On the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) the House of Lords will debate the impact of the digital and online world on children and young people's Convention rights. Baroness Kidron will lead a debate about how children's rights can be protected and promoted in the digital age. Our joint briefing with NCB provides an overview of the key issues and evidence. Read more
  • Legal advice on use of force in secure colleges CRAE sought legal advice on proposals for the use of force in secure colleges. We instructed solicitors at Bindmans LLP to seek independent legal advice from Martin Chamberlain QC and Max Schaefer on the lawfulness of allowing guards in secure colleges to use force in order to maintain "good order and discipline" in secure colleges. Read more