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  • House of Lords in favour of 16- and 17-year-old voting rights Whilst debating the provisions of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, the House of Lords voted in favour of allowing 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in local government elections. Read more Aug 2015
  • The Harris Review publishes report on self-inflicted deaths in custody The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Changing Lives has been published by the Ministry of Justice. The Review looked at self-inflicted deaths in custody of 18 to 24 year-olds. It examined in detail the lives of 87 young people, who died between April 2007 and December 2013.
    Read more Aug 2015
  • The Summer Budget 2015 and its implications for children On 8th July 2015, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivered the Summer Budget 2015. Read more Aug 2015
  • ‘Disappointing’ response to Education Committee’s Inquiry Neil Carmichael MP, the Chair of the Education Committee, has called the Government’s response to the previous Education Committee’s report Life Lessons: PSHE [Personal Social Health and Economics Education] and SRE [Sex and Relationships Education] ‘disappointing’. Read more Aug 2015
  • HMIC reports on police role in keeping children safe Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has published a report, In harm's way: The role of the police in keeping children safe. In early 2014, HMIC began a national programme of child protection inspections. Since then, it has also undertaken a number of other inspections concerning vulnerable children. The report summarises the findings contained in the reports of all these inspections and considers the implications for future action. Read more Aug 2015
  • National Advocacy Conference The 2015 event, the third national conference, offers you the opportunity to connect with colleagues from across the country and hear inspirational speakers who can really help develop your practice. Read more Aug 2015
  • UN Committee expresses concern about Human Rights Act plans In July 2015, the UN expressed concern about:

    ‘a reported plan to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and replace it with a new Bill of Rights for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and that such a development will weaken the degree of protection afforded to the rights enshrined in the Covenant, within the domestic legal order’.

    The comments come in a report published by the UN Human Rights Committee, which assessed the UK Government’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
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  • The Children’s Rights Alliance for England merges into Just for Kids Law (1) On 5th August 2015 the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) merged into Just for Kids Law.

    CRAE and Just for Kids Law know that children’s rights are a powerful tool in making life better for children and young people and share the same ambition to achieve the full realisation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which the UK ratified in 1991.

    Both charities believe that joining together will strengthen their work.
    Read more Aug 2015
  • CRAE submits two child rights reports to UN At an event in Parliament, on 1st July 2015, CRAE launched two reports on the state of children’s rights in England, which it has submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. The event was hosted by Tulip Siddiq MP and more than 100 people attended. Read more Aug 2015
  • Children’s Commissioners gives verdict on children’s rights On the same day CRAE submitted its reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Children’s Commissioners also gave their verdict on children’s rights in the UK.

    Read more Aug 2015