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The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) responds to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Concluding Observations of the UK

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK), responds to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Concluding Observations of the UK

“UNICEF UK warmly welcomes the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Concluding Observations, which shine an important light on the UK’s current record on protecting and upholding children’s rights. Since the last review 7 years ago, children in the UK have faced unprecedented change and challenge that have significantly impacted their lives and rights.

“UNICEF UK shares the Committee’s concern about how the cost-of-living crisis is impacting early childhood; the worrying effect of the Illegal Migration Bill on child rights; and the UK’s role internationally in supporting children’s rights everywhere.

“This report clearly highlights where action is needed. We urge the Government to respond to the Committee’s findings with a clear and ambitious implementation action plan to address the concerns raised, especially in relation to better support for families with young children, ending child poverty, amending the Illegal Migration Bill to remove any risks to children, and return to spending 0.7% national income on international aid.

“The full incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by the UK Government would ensure all children can access their rights, in all areas of their lives, wherever they live and whatever their background. With uncertainty in many of their lives, this would demonstrate that children are a top priority for this government.

“UNICEF UK is committed to working with the UK and devolved nations to ensure the rights of all children are promoted, protected and upheld – everywhere.”

Notes to editors:

For more information, please contact:

Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, media@unicef.org.uk


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work for children. We also promote and protect children’s rights in the UK and internationally. We are a UK charity, entirely funded by supporters.

Original article link: https://www.unicef.org.uk/press-releases/the-uk-committee-for-unicef-unicef-uk-responds-to-the-un-committee-on-the-rights-of-the-childs-concluding-observations-of-the-uk/

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