The Children's Rights Alliance for England's Children and Young People's Advisory Committee has been working all this year on developing a draft measurement of how well society respects children and young people. The Committee is now running a national consultation to get the views and ideas of children and young people living all over England. This consultation closes on Friday 4 November 2011.
A groundbreaking coalition of children and young people’s charities, voluntary organisations and statutory bodies is joining forces for a year of action to see greater recognition of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and to press for its systematic use and implementation across all areas of children’s lives. The planning for The Right Year for Children starts today with a nation-wide competition for children and young people to create a universal logo to mark the 20th anniversary this year of the UK Government ratifying the UNCRC on 16 December. Organisations working with children and young people, including the Government and local councils, will be encouraged to use the logo as part of their work and commitment to promote and protect children’s rights. The closing date for the competition is: Sunday 23 October 2011 at 8pm.
Scotland looks set to be the second country in the UK to require its Ministers to have specific regard to the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). First Minister, Alex Salmond, announced a Rights of Children and Young People Bill in a speech setting out his plans for this legislative session.
Children’s rights campaigners given go-ahead for judicial review of the state’s obligations to child restraint victims in custody
The High Court has today granted permission to the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) to bring judicial review proceedings challenging the Justice Secretary’s refusal to notify child victims of abusive restraint in custody of their rights. The charity's concerns include children held in secure training centres being subject to violent swipes to the nose and ribs; having their thumbs yanked back; requiring oxygen; and suffering fractures and concussion. In addition, there are potentially thousands of children who were subject to restraint to maintain order in the privately-run child prisons, in clear contravention of the law.
Education Secretary Michael Gove announced the removal of vital school safeguarding rules, in a speech yesterday at an academy school in London. The rules would have required teachers to record significant uses of force on children, and to report these to parents. They were due to come into force yesterday and would have brought schools into line with children's homes, healthcare settings, police stations, immigration detention and custody. In all these settings, professionals are required to record instances of physical restraint. This is a basic safeguard for children and staff. It is the only means of discovering patterns in the use of, and reasons for, physical restraint; the backgrounds and circumstances of children being restrained; and whether particular teachers are disproportionately using physical restraint.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >