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UN Committee concluding observations on children’s rights in the UK, 09/06/16 [W/E/NI/S]

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published their Concluding Observations on the Fifth Periodic Report of the UK.

The Concluding Observations report makes recommendations on improving children’s rights across the UK following evidence from the UK State Party, as well as acknowledging and welcoming where things are going well for children’s rights.

Amongst their observations, the Committee has expressed concern that fiscal policies in the UK have led to increasing inequality in children’s ability to enjoy their rights, and the report recommends reallocation of resources to ensure the implementation of children’s rights.

The Committee calls for investment in children’s mental health services, and collection of data on mental well-being.

Concern about the increase of children in care is expressed and the Committee recommends appropriate assistance to parents and legal guardians including kinship carers.

Under the section on respect for the views of the Child the Committee calls for structures for the active and meaningful participation of children.  It states that particular attention should be paid to involving younger children and children in vulnerable situations such as children with disabilities.

In Wales, the Committee recommends ensure the full implementation of the Programme for Children and Young People, published in 2015; and welcomes measures taken to address child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Staff from Children in Wales and its Young Wales network representatives – (delegates from Voices from Care and the Merthyr Tydfil Youth Forum) gave evidence to the Committee in Geneva as part of the evidence sessions for the reporting process.

Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive, said:

“ We are very relieved that the Committee has recognised the continuing major issues of combating child poverty, improving children’s mental health, reducing the numbers of children and young people in the care system and also the importance of listening to children.

Through our multi- disciplinary and cross sector membership as well as through our Young Wales participation network of children and young people, we will work with Welsh Government, the National Assembly and others to improve the lives of Welsh children and young people and these recommendations are very helpful.”

Contact:

To find out more about our work with young carers or to arrange an interview, please contact Catriona Williams OBE at catriona.williams@childreninwales.org.uk  or phone 029 2034 2434

Mobile 07721 568084

Notes:

  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales.  Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales. You can find details of our work at www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/ .
  2. You can access the Concluding Observations from http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC%2fC%2fGBR%2fCO%2f5&Lang=en .