Joint Committee on Human Rights to take evidence on UNCRC compliance

Category: General measures of implementation

2nd February 2015

On 4th February 2015 the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human Rights will review its work in the area of children's rights since the 2010 Election and the commitment to give "due consideration" to the UNCRC when making new policy or legislation.

The Committee will be taking evidence with a view to publishing a report before the end of the Parliament (30th March 2015). Such a report will assess the progress that has been made by the Government since its December 2010 commitment to give "due consideration" to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when making new policy or legislation and some specific aspects of the UK's record of compliance with the Convention.

The review will assess the implications of the changes to the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England and will analyse the extent to which the situation for children's rights has improved or deteriorated with regard to those areas on which it has reported over the Parliament: these include the rights of migrant children, child trafficking, children in custody, SEN, and children and legal aid.

The Committee's end-of-Parliament assessment takes place against the background of the forthcoming review of the UK Government periodic report on implementing the UNCRC, submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in May 2014.

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