The Equality Act 2010 received Royal Assent on 8 April. The Act, which brings together all existing discrimination legislation and extends protection from unfair treatment, explicitly excludes children and young people from legal protection from unfair discrimination on the grounds of age.
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has today written to the children’s leads of the three main political parties asking them to set out their general approach to children’s rights should they form the next Government. CRAE plans to publish the responses in the week of the General Election.
The think-tank Demos has released a report today (5 April 2010) calling for the voting age to be reduced to 16. Drawing on human rights arguments and research cited in the Children's Rights Alliance for England's (CRAE) submission to the Youth Citizenship Commission last year, Demos concludes:
Following lobbying by the Children's Rights Alliance for England, regulations that come into force today (1 April 2010) require local authorities and their partners (the Children's Trust Board) to have regard to the Convention on the Rights of the Child when preparing, reviewing or revising their plan for local children's services.
The Government is set to amend the law on physical punishment, so that only members of a child’s household or family are able to use the “reasonable punishment” defence. Ministers have avoided committing to a complete ban on the physical punishment of children. The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) believes that the Government’s approach is fundamentally flawed.< Previous 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526 Next >