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Committee calls for evidence on UK's record on children's rights

15 September 2016

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is asking for evidence on the UK's record for protecting the human rights of children.

On 9 June 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its assessment of the UK's record for protecting children's rights.  While the UN Committee welcomed progress in some areas, it made a number of detailed recommendations identifying specific ways in which children's rights could be better protected in the UK. 

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has decided to do some detailed follow up work on the UN Committee's recommendations to ensure that the Government's response to those recommendations receives thorough parliamentary scrutiny.  It held a one-off evidence session on 14 September 2016 to hear evidence from the Children's Commissioner for England and the Equality and Human Rights Commission about the UN Committee's recommendations.  It has also invited and received written submissions from each of the devolved Commissioners for Children. The Committee now wishes to receive written evidence to help it with its follow up work.

Send a written submission

Submissions of no more than 1,500 words are invited from interested groups and individuals on:

  • What they consider to be the most significant human rights issues for children in the UK
  • How the Government should respond to the UN Committee's recommendations (or any of them in particular)
  • Which of the UN Committee's recommendations should be treated as priorities for parliamentary follow up

Written submission deadline

The deadline for written submissions is Friday 7 October 2016.

Send a written submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights UK's record on childrens' rights inquiry

Further information

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