UK Children’s Commissioners’ joint report to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Every five years, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the whole UK on how well it is meeting its promises under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Along with the Children’s Commissioners of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, we are today publishing a series of reports to be submitted to the Committee. They assess how the UK Government and devolved administrations have progressed towards giving every child the opportunities and protections enshrined in the UNCRC.
The “Report of the Children’s Commissioners of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child”, including a “Covid annex”, identifies emerging trends and key issues regarding children’s human rights in the UK. Some of these draw on previous concluding observations while others reflect worrying trends caused by the UK’s departure from the European Union (Brexit) and the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report “Are we there yet?” is based on engagement with children and young people in all four nations, and it aims to provide the Committee with children and young people’s voices about their experiences on the delivery of their rights. A summary report goes alongside it
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