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See it, Say it, Change it

 The See it, Say it, Change it project is an exciting opportunity for children and young people. We are now looking for children and young people aged seven -17 to join the project steering group. 

This year the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the UN Committee) completed its examination of the UK Government to find out if it is doing enough to respect, protect and fulfil children’s human rights. CRAE’s See it, Say it, Change It project supported children and young people in England to tell their side of the story to the Committee, and will soon be launching a child-led campaign for change on homelessness.

The  See it, Say it, Change it project is led by a steering group of 19 children and young people age eight-18, from across England. This is a diverse group which includes children who’s rights are most at risk, for example, those facing homelessness, living in care. or from minority groups. The steering group have carried out research with children and young people from across the country to find out how well their rights are being met. They submitted their findings to the UN Committee on Wednesday 1st July 2015. You can watch a film about the project below and read the report here. In October 2015 the steering group went to Geneva to present their findings to the UN Committee in person. Members of the group spoke directly to Committee members about what needs to change for children in England. You can find out more about their trip by clicking on the Geneva 2015 tab on the left.

The UN Committee’s Concluding Observations were published in June 2016 in which they made recommendations to the Government about what needs to change to improve things for children. The Concluding Observations included many of the concerns highlighted in the See it, Say it, Change it report, and the in evidence the steering group gave to the Committee when they met them in Geneva. The Committee made over 100 recommendations to the Government for improvements needed highlighting areas such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); life in care; housing and homelessness; child poverty; and the treatment of refugees.

The See it, Say it, Change it steering group are soon to launch a two year child-led campaign on homelessness and housing, an area identified in the Committee’s recommendations which requires immediate improvement. We are looking for children and young people aged seven -17 to join the steering group. Children and young people who want to apply don’t need any particular skills or experience but they do need a passion to create change and ideally some direct experience of housing issues or homelessness. You can find out more about the project and how to apply here.

Information on Children's Rights

If you are working with children and young people and would like support in introducing them to children's rights we offer a number of resources. Click Support to find out more.

You can also learn more about the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child following the links below. 

  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission have information sheets for young people that cover what the UN Committee on the rights of the child is, how it works and how young people can be involved.
  • A version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child written for children and young people
  •  The Children’s Commissioner for England has made a film..
  • A pocket guide for children and young people about the reporting process is available from Child Rights Connect. 
  • Watch the video below about last time children and young people reported to the UN about children's rights in England.