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State of Children’s Rights in Wales

This year marks the start of the journey towards the next examination of Government’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Children in Wales, with our partners in the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group, is now embarking on a new project funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), which will deliver a series of activities for organisations in Wales throughout this year.  These activities will identify the key priorities in Wales and help to build the capacity of civil society organisations to engage with the UNCRC and the review process.

We will be gathering the list of children’s rights priorities to inform a State of Children’s Rights in Wales report, which will be developed and submitted to the UN in the Autumn this year to inform the 2021-22 UK review. The report will be launched in Wales in November 2020.

The key activities are:

Call for Evidence (29 July – 11 September 2020)

We are now gathering evidence to inform a report which will highlight the key priority children’s rights issues in Wales. We are keen to hear from you as to what your priorities and evidence are, and we can then include them in the State of Children’s Rights in Wales Report to help inform the UN Committee’s review and make changes for the children and young people of Wales.

The 2016 Concluding Observations provided many recommendations for Wales to further incorporate the UNCRC, and the Welsh Government has made progress in addressing many of these, including introducing legislation to end the physical punishment of children, and lowering the voting age for elections.

All submissions will be considered which will help determine the priorities for inclusion in the State of Children’s Rights in Wales Report. Your input may be shared with thematic leads in our Project Steering Group for the purpose of checking for accuracy.  Our funder requires that written evidence we receive is made public on our website once the call for evidence has closed. Please let us know if there is any part of your submission that is confidential and you do not want published.

Responses are required by Friday, 11 September 2020.  Click here to respond: CALL OUT UNCRC English

If you need any further information, please contact: sean.oneill@childreninwales.org.uk

 

Events

We recently organised two online capacity building and consultation events on 24 and 27 August 2020, both of which were very well attended and delegates thoroughly enjoyed them.  Please find below some information that was shared at the events, together with answers to some of the questions raised:

  • Capacity building (30 minutes) – participants will be given the opportunity to learn more about the UNCRC review process and ways in which they can make use of it in their day-to-day work.  Also to increase the capacity amongst civil society organisations in Wales to engage with human rights law.  Key speaker – Professor Simon Hoffman, Observatory on Human Rights of Children, Swansea University 

Sean O’Neill – Presentation to CRC Events (August 2020)-ENGLISH    

Simon Hoffman – Presentation to CRC Events (August 2020)-ENGLISH

  • Breakout sessions (30 minutes) – participants will be given the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, and help identify what changes are needed by consulting with other organisations on a number of thematic priority areas to inform our State of Children’s Rights in Wales report

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