UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Shadow report  to the UN CRC on Childrens Rights in the UK

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will be considering its list of issues on the UK in October 2015.

The EHRC's final submission and Annex covered the following areas;

  • Enhancing the status of the CRC in domestic law and policy
  • Adequate standard of living, including: impact of social security reforms, child poverty, food poverty, accessibility and affordability of childcare
  • Access to education, including: in-year admissions; NEETs (not in education, employment or training); educational outcomes of children with disabilities and SEN (Special educational needs), looked after children, and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children; school exclusions, identity-based bullying in schools; and PSHE (Personal, social and health education) .
  • Children’s access to mental health services
  • Youth Justice, including: age of criminal responsibility; children in courts; and alternatives to child custody
  • Access to civil law justice for children, including: the impact of LASPO reforms (Legal aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012) and the impact of the proposed residence test.
  • Violence against children; including the implementation of the Istanbul Protocol and FGM.
  • Immigration detention of children
  • Child trafficking

Download our shadow report: Children’s Rights in the UK

The Commission's shadow report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the United Kingdom’s Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Download our recommendations: Children's rights in the UK

For information about adults’ socio-economic rights in the UK, see our work on  the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. 

Young people's rights and the CRC

We've created a hub for young people where you can find loads of info about your rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it's important that you know how this process happens and how you can be involved to make sure the important issues for young people are being heard.

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2015