UN report on children’s rights in the UK

In June 2016, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child published its Concluding observations on the fifth periodic report of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The report recommends the introduction of ‘a statutory obligation at national and devolved levels to systematically conduct a child rights impact assessment when developing laws and policies affecting children, including in international development cooperation’.

The report raises serious concerns about ‘the effects that recent fiscal policies and allocation of resources have had in contributing to inequality in children’s enjoyment of their rights, disproportionately affecting children in disadvantaged situations’.

The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) responded to the report and summarised the serious concerns it raises.