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Monitoring Compliance with Children's Rights

CRAE monitors and reports on the extent to which children are enjoying their rights in practice, to ensure that the Government is held accountable for its record on children’s rights.

We submit reports to international human rights bodies, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, when they are considering how well children’s rights are protected in the UK. 

In 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued recommendations (known as Concluding Observations) telling the Government how it should improve the protection of children’s rights in the UK. Every year, we publish State of Children’s Rights in England, a review of the progress made in implementing these recommendations.

It is not just central government which has responsibilities under the UNCRC. Local authorities should also ensure that they comply with children’s rights. CRAE also monitors the enjoyment of children’s rights at the local level.