The state of child rights in the UK reviewed

“So, in summary, it feels to me as though “trust the Minister with children’s rights” is a very precarious way forward, when both (a) it will always be legally ill-advised to trust reassurances from an individual whose tenure may be short-lived, in relation to the use that will be made of legislation into the indefinite future; and (b) when measured specifically against the assessment of children’s rights published as recently as last month, there is really no evidence that this Bill addresses, or intends to address, the many deficiencies in our children’s rights framework.”

Celtic Knot Says...

crc_logoThe body which reports on the U.K.’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Its last report was issued last month. While the recent report of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights received quite a lot of media attention, with its criticisms of UK austerity policies,  children’s rights do not seem to have received the same level of attention.

Meanwhile, children’s rights have been receiving attention in a different way, in recent online exchanges over the last couple of days concerning the Children and Social Work Bill. Specifically,

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