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  • Learn about what children's human rights and the UNCRC mean for your work This year the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will be looking at how well the UK is protecting children's human rights. Last time this happened, CRAE coordinated a broad coalition of NGOs to tell our side of the story to the UN. We want to do so again - and this is your chance to get involved. To start the process off, we are holding a series of training and evidence-gathering sessions on

    - the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
    - what it says about the issues you work on, and how you can use it in your work
    - the main human rights issues affecting children in your area.

    We are delighted the country's leading academics and policy experts have agreed to deliver these sessions.

    These events are free. If you'd like to come along please write to and
    Read more Jan 2015
  • Children routinely strip-searched at the police station This week CRAE and Just for Kids Law are intervening in a Court of Appeal case about a 14 year-old girl who was stripped at the police station without her mother, or any other "appropriate adult", present. 23 organisations have published a letter in The Guardian, calling for a review of the strip-searching of children at the police station. CRAE and Just for Kids Law have written to Mike Penning MP, the Minister of State for Policing, asking for him to review this issue. Read more Jan 2015
  • Problems persist throughout the entire system of children’s and adolescents’ mental health services The Health Select Committee has published a report which concludes that there are serious, and deeply ingrained, problems with the commissioning and provision of children’s and adolescents’ mental health services (CAMHS). Read more Dec 2014
  • Children’s Commissioner’s report shows impact of budgetary changes on children’s human rights The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has released a report, Child Rights Impact Assessment of the 2013 Autumn Statement and 2014 Budget: Identifying and understanding the impact on children and young people. The Assessment looked at how budgetary changes are likely to support or impact negatively upon specific Articles within the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read more Dec 2014
  • New Children’s Commissioner for England announced The Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, announced the appointment of Anne Longfield OBE as the next Children’s Commissioner for England. Ms Longfield, chief executive of 4Children, will take up her post on 1 March 2015. Read more Dec 2014
  • #HumanRightsDay trends on Twitter 10 December marks human rights day, when people and organisations around the world remember and celebrate the creation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year the day attracted significant attention, with #HumanRightsDay trending all day on Twitter. Read more Dec 2014
  • Protection given to younger children will now be afforded to 17 year-olds detained by the police The government accepted a last-minute amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill in November, which prevents 17 year-olds from being held overnight in police custody Read more Dec 2014
  • Report makes recommendations protecting children’s right to food in the UK The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry team looking into hunger in the UK has published a report, Feeding Britain. Their main task was to consider the reasons behind the large rise in the use of food banks, and associated provision of emergency food assistance, over the last few years. Read more Dec 2014
  • Children’s rights in the digital age On 20 November, the 25th Anniversary of UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Baroness Kidron led a debate in the House of Lords on the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on children’s online and digital interactions. Read more Dec 2014
  • CRAE launches its annual report, State of Children’s Rights in England On the eve of the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), CRAE launched its report, State of Children’s Rights in England 2014 in the Houses of Parliament. Read more Dec 2014