The rights to which all children and young people, under the age of 18, are entitled to are set out internationally in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC was drawn up in 1989 to ensure that the universal rights of children are upheld throughout the world.  It sets out these fundamental rights through 41 articles.

Children’s rights are at the heart of Children in Wales’ work as we strive to ensure that they are upheld in Wales.  Our work in this area includes:

  • Coordinating the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group as the national children’s rights alliance in Wales
  • Proactively engaging with Welsh Government, Children’s Commissioner for Wales and other external stakeholders in Wales, including through our involvement in strategic working groups.
  • Working with our member organisations to build capacity across the sector to increase awareness of the UNCRC and its implementation in practice 
  • Engaging with key individuals and organisations focused on promoting and implementing the UNCRC in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Europe
  • Delivering training to professionals and young people on children’s rights, participation and the UNCRC
  • Producing resources and reports

Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group

The Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group is a national alliance of non-governmental and academic agencies, tasked with monitoring and promoting the UNCRC in Wales.  The Group was established in 2002 and, since May 2016, has been facilitated by Children in Wales. The Group has worked with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and submitted civil society reports to inform successive UK State Party Examinations.

The aims of the UNCRC Monitoring Group are to:

  • Work together to ensure the effective co-ordination of monitoring of the UNCRC in Wales, including through producing Civil Society Shadow Reports
  • Monitor the implementation of the UNCRC in Wales
  • Promote the UNCRC, the UN Concluding Observations and recommendations made by the Monitoring Group report to the UN
  • Work to ensure arrangements are in place for effective reporting to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child through collaboration between the Welsh Government, children, young people and NGOs working together in this process
  • Promote the participation of children in monitoring and reporting activities
  • Identify opportunities for influencing Welsh and UK Government on implementation of the UNCRC
  • Promote public awareness, particularly of children and young people, about the UNCRC
  • Share information and promote networks in Wales relating to the UNCRC
  • Ensure Wales is represented at Wales and UK wide forums and events relating to the UNCRC

Members of the Monitoring Group are representatives of, and nominated by, non-governmental organisations and academics which are as follows:

  • Children in Wales
  • Barnardo’s Cymru
  • The Children’s Society
  • Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs – Aberystwyth University
  • Children’s Commissioner for Wales (observers)
  • National Deaf Children’s Society Wales
  • NSPCC Wales
  • Play Wales
  • Save the Children Wales
  • Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People
  • Welsh Local Government Association (observers)
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission in Wales (observers)

Other organisations will be invited to attend Network meetings where there is a clear link with the agenda.

For more information about this work, please contact: Sean O’Neill (Policy Director), e-mail: sean.oneill@childreninwales.org.uk