This afternoon (12 January) Sheffield City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of mosquito devices on all council buildings. It also recommended that the device be banned from "partnership" buildings, such as those used by the police. Harry Carter, Member of the UK Youth Parliament for Sheffield, has been leading the local campaign. He described the ban as "a great success for young people".
The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, has today (16 December) announced that Yarl's Wood family unit is to close with 'immediate effect' and the detention of children and families will end at Tinsley House at Gatwick Airport no later than 11 May 2011, a year after the coalition Government promised to end child detention for immigration purposes.
The Government has today (6 December) given its initial response to the independent review of the Children’s Commissioner carried out by former teaching union leader John Dunford. Children’s Minister Sarah Teather says Dunford makes ‘powerful’ conclusions and ‘a convincing argument’ for a much stronger Children’s Commissioner. The Minister accepts that the role should comply with UN rules on independent human rights institutions and agrees that the Commissioner should be able to report directly to Parliament and have a strategic role in advising Government of the rights implications of new policies. In an extremely positive move, the Minister commits the Government to giving ‘due consideration’ to the Convention on the Rights of the Child when making new policy and legislation.
The Government’s White Paper on schools (published 25 November) sets out plans to extend staff powers on discipline in schools. CRAE is calling on the Government to ensure that all behaviour and discipline measures in school are consistent with children’s human dignity and the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England today (19 November 2010) launches its State of children’s rights in England report. This is the first independent assessment of the coalition Government’s record on children's human rights. This unique report brings together official statistics and research evidence relating to children's rights. It summarises budget announcements relating to children and families, as well as legal developments, over the past 12 months.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >