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  • CRAE briefing on the CRC Author: CRAE Date: April 2016 CRAE are pleased to announce the publication of a new briefing paper on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The briefing paper has been produced as part of the See it, Say it, Change it project. It gives an overview of the CRC and explains more about the reporting process. Read more
  • Civil Society reports to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Date: July 2015 Children’s charities today (Wednesday 1 July) launched a damning report highlighting how Government policies and spending decisions have failed to prioritise children. Based on the evidence in the report, children's charities are asking the Government to put children at the centre of decision-making, including in the forthcoming Budget.The report has been prepared as part of the UN examination of the UK on how well it is respecting children's rights. Read more
  • Children's human rights and housing Author: CRAE Date: April 2015 CRAE's factsheet on children's human rights and housing has been written for colleagues working in NGOs and charities supporting children and homeless families. It aims to:

    • equip you with knowledge about children’s human rights, particularly the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and how they apply to work on housing issues;
    • encourage you to integrate arguments based on children’s human rights into policy work and campaigning for better housing for homeless children and their families.
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  • House of Lords briefing during Ping Pong on the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill Author: CRAE, Howard League for Penal Reform, SCYJ, Prison Reform Trust Date: December 2014 Our joint briefing with the Standing Committee for Justice, the Prison Reform Trust and the Howard League for Penal Reform urges members of the House of Lords to keep girls and younger children out of secure colleges when they debate the Bill on 9 December. Read more
  • Briefing on girls and younger children in "secure colleges" Author: CRAE, SCYJ, PRT and the Howard League for Penal Reform Date: November 2014 The Criminal Justice and Courts Bill creates secure colleges as a new form of youth custody. These will be huge children's prisons in which the Government intend to detain 12 to 17 year old girls and boys.

    Last month the House of Lords voted to exclude girls and younger children (under 15 years) from the secure college. Our Briefing urges members of the House of Commons to keep this amendment when they debate the Bill on Monday 1st December.
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  • CRAE response to consultation on secure college rules Author: CRAE Date: November 2014 As part of a proposal to create a new prison for children - secure colleges - the Ministry of Justice consulted stakeholders on their "Plans for Secure College Rules" which would govern the operation of the institution.

    CRAE responded to the consultation to set out our concerns about the safeguarding risks and threats to children's rights inherent in the secure college plan (particularly the proposed use force on children "to ensure good order and discipline").
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  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the digital world Author: CRAE and NCB Date: November 2014 On the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) the House of Lords will debate the impact of the digital and online world on children and young people's Convention rights. Baroness Kidron will lead a debate about how children's rights can be protected and promoted in the digital age. Our joint briefing with NCB provides an overview of the key issues and evidence. Read more
  • State of Children's Rights in England 2014 Author: CRAE Date: November 2014 Our State of Children's Rights in England 2014 looks at whether enough is being done to fulfil the human rights of children in England. It is based on official statistics, published research and additional material gathered through Freedom of Information requests. It also summarises significant laws or policies which affect children’s human rights. Read more
  • Legal advice on use of force in secure colleges Author: CRAE Date: October 2014 CRAE sought legal advice on proposals for the use of force in secure colleges. We instructed solicitors at Bindmans LLP to seek independent legal advice from Martin Chamberlain QC and Max Schaefer on the lawfulness of allowing guards in secure colleges to use force in order to maintain "good order and discipline" in secure colleges. Read more