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  • Court finds privacy protections of children involved in court proceedings expire when child turns 18 A court today ruled that orders protecting the privacy of children involved in court proceedings expire when the child turns 18. However, the court, led by Lord Justice Leveson, urged parliament to address the privacy rights of young victims, witnesses and defendants 'as a matter of real urgency'. Read more Apr 2014
  • Children's Commissioner begins new rights-based role On 1 April, the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC) will begin its new role focused on promoting and protecting the rights of children. The Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) led the campaign to establish a Children's Commissioner and warmly welcomes the new rights-based role. The changes come into effect following Royal Assent of the Children and Families Act. The Commissioner will now have increased powers in line with international standards and increased independence from Government. Read more Apr 2014
  • UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women to visit the UK The UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Ms Rashida Manjoo will be conducting an official country mission to the UK from 31 March to 15 April 2014. The rapporteur will address both the causes and consequences of violence against women and girls and will examine its different manifestations. Read more Mar 2014
  • Local authorities take action on children’s rights Local authorities across the UK are taking action to show their commitment to children’s rights. Meanwhile in Bristol, proposals to ban certain outdoor activities have had to be shelved following concerns that they breached children’s right to play. Read more Mar 2014
  • UK says it will not adopt new procedural safeguards for children in criminal proceedings Ministers have said that the Government plans to opt out of new EU procedural safeguards for children who are accused or suspected in criminal proceedings. Chris Grayling informed MPs that the Government is ‘minded not to opt-in to any of the proposals’ because it is unlikely that the UK would be able to secure changes to the proposals that would make them ‘acceptable’. The Minister said that the UK will sit-in on negotiations for the draft directive although they will not participate in the detailed discussions. Read more Mar 2014
  • Police under scrutiny for strip searches and use of overnight cells for under-16s The police have come under scrutiny for the large numbers of children being strip-searched and kept overnight in police cells. Freedom of Information requests found that over five years 4,638 children aged 10-16 had been strip-searched in London and that at least 50,000 under-16s are being held overnight in police cells across the country each year. Read more Mar 2014
  • Response to CRAE's report on State of Children's Rights in London On 6th March, CRAE launched a ground-breaking new report analysing the extent to which public bodies in London are ensuring that children enjoy their rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The State of Children's Rights in London report drew on a combination of: freedom of information requests; official statistics; information from grassroots and community organisations; and evidence gathered directly from children. The report compared practices and outcomes for children’s rights across all 32 London boroughs and the City of London. Read more Mar 2014
  • Outcomes for children are a postcode lottery in London Today the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) publishes State of Children’s Rights in London, a report examining the extent to which children in London enjoy their human rights. It reveals staggering differences in outcomes for children according to which borough they live in. Read more Mar 2014
  • Call for views on reforms of the European Court of Human Rights The Council of Europe recently held a call for information, proposals and views on the longer-term reform of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights. This process follows on from the Brighton Declaration, adopted at a High-level conference in April 2012. Read more Mar 2014
  • Number of children treated in adult mental health wards on the increase The BBC and Community Care, an online journal, used Freedom of Information requests to obtain data about children being treated in adult psychiatric wards in England. The findings showed that the number of under-18s being treated in adult units was in its hundreds and was increasing. Read more Feb 2014