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  • BLOG: Protecting children’s human rights in UK law Children’s rights are important because they set out minimum standards for the treatment of children. They also matter because they are a powerful tool. They set out legal entitlements for children to the basic things they need for a decent childhood and a good start in life. When a policy or law breaches children's human rights, we don't need to persuade the Government to treat children better, or change its policy - we can demand it. CRAE's blog argues that incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into UK Law would ensure children’s rights are realised in practice Read more Apr 2015
  • BLOG: Failing to put children at heart? The Government’s track record on children’s rights under scrutiny The parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights has published their report reviewing the progress made on these children's human rights since December 2010 when, after the last General Election, the Coalition Government gave a commitment to give “due consideration” to the blueprint for children’s human rights – the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) - when making new policy or legislation. Our blog analyses the state of children's human rights in England and what the Government must do to put the best interests of children at the heart of all decision making. Read more Mar 2015
  • Call for evidence: UNCRC 2015 Civil Society Submission Later this year, the UN will look at how well the UK does at protecting the rights of children here in England. The UN wants to hear from civil society in the UK about our assessment of the situation facing children. This is our chance to tell our side of the story in an “alternative” NGO report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

    Last time this happened, in 2008, over 100 NGOs and other stakeholders signed up to the alternative report. We want to get even more involved this time. We need you, the experts, to help.
    Read more Mar 2015
  • Blog: warnings about the use of Tasers on children must not be ignored Tasers, particularly when used against children, can be so violent that the UN’s Committee against Torture has said that Tasers cause pain severe enough to amount to torture. Tasers can also cause death. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child expressed concerns it is inhuman and degrading to use Tasers against children as their use poses a serious risk of harm - both physical and psychological. This blog considers the latest statistics and asks whether police in England are only using Tasers on children and young people when absolutely necessary. Read more Feb 2015
  • Government responds to failure to respect rights of children picked up by police Home Secretary, Theresa May, and Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, have written a letter about local authority duties to receive children transferred from police custody, stating that legislation was designed to keep children and young people’s stay in police custody to a minimum, as it can be a distressing experience for children and young people, and that the law needs to be complied with Read more Feb 2015
  • Changes to government guidance on schools exclusions Just for Kids Law has welcomed the Department for Education’s announcement that it is withdrawing ‘controversial’ new child exclusion guidance. Read more Feb 2015
  • Joint Committee on Human Rights examines UK compliance with children’s rights The Joint Committee on Human Rights has been holding evidence sessions in connection with its inquiry into the UK's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Read more Feb 2015
  • Youth justice annual statistics for 2013 to 2014 are published The government has published the youth justice annual statistics for 2013-14. Read more Feb 2015
  • Court clarifies law relating to the strip-searching of children Children being ‘stripped for their own protection’ by police must have a parent or appropriate adult with them, save in exceptional circumstances, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Read more Feb 2015
  • Government announces mandatory duty to report cases of FGM Crime Prevention Minister, Lynne Featherstone, announced that front line professionals will have a mandatory duty to report cases of Female Genital Mutilation. Read more Feb 2015