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    "In Pembrokeshire not many people know about children’s rights and they’re not very aware of them so we’re just trying to raise them right now."

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    "A simplified UNCRC.  A lot of people are aware that they have rights but maybe there’s not that understanding of where do we go if our rights are broken."

Young Wales UNCRC

Young people continue to identify children’s rights as a key priority in Young Wales’ work. Specifically, young people feel that awareness and education around children’s rights need to improve to ensure that all children and young people know about their rights and how to access them.

UNCRC

UN Committee concluding observations on children’s rights in the UK

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has published their Concluding Observations on the Fifth Periodic Report of the UK.

The Concluding Observations report makes recommendations on improving children’s rights across the UK following evidence from the UK State Party, as well as acknowledging and welcoming where things are going well for children’s rights.

Amongst their observations, the Committee has expressed concern that fiscal policies in the UK have led to increasing inequality in children’s ability to enjoy their rights, and the report recommends reallocation of resources to ensure the implementation of children’s rights.

The Committee calls for investment in children’s mental health services, and collection of data on mental well-being.

Concern about the increase of children in care is expressed and the Committee recommends appropriate assistance to parents and legal guardians including kinship carers.

Under the section on respect for the views of the Child the Committee calls for structures for the active and meaningful participation of children. It states that particular attention should be paid to involving younger children and children in vulnerable situations such as children with disabilities.

In Wales, the Committee recommends ensure the full implementation of the Programme for Children and Young People, published in 2015; and welcomes measures taken to address child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Staff from Children in Wales and its Young Wales network representatives – (delegates from Voices from Care and the Merthyr Tydfil Youth Forum) gave evidence to the Committee in Geneva as part of the evidence sessions for the reporting process.

Catriona Williams OBE, Chief Executive, said:

“ We are very relieved that the Committee has recognised the continuing major issues of combating child poverty, improving children’s mental health, reducing the numbers of children and young people in the care system and also the importance of listening to children.

Through our multi- disciplinary and cross sector membership as well as through our Young Wales participation network of children and young people, we will work with Welsh Government, the National Assembly and others to improve the lives of Welsh children and young people and these recommendations are very helpful.”

Contact:
To find out more about our work with young carers or to arrange an interview, please contact Catriona Williams OBE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 029 2034 2434 / Mobile 07721 568084

Notes:
  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales. Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales. You can find details of our work at www.childreninwales.org.uk/our-work/.
  2. You can access the Concluding Observations from http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CRC%2fC%2fGBR%2fCO%2f5&Lang=en.

Welsh Government Response to Young Wales’ Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Welsh Government has issued a response to the Young Wales Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

The Young Wales report looks primarily at the experiences of children and young people in relation to their rights. The report focused on eight topics, these include, online safety, education, social services, bullying and hate crime, domestic abuse, substance misuse, children and young people’s rights, environment, transport, play and leisure and health.

The Welsh Government response focuses on the issues and recommendations raised in the report, whilst providing up to date information on the work that’s being done to address them. Welsh Government also thanked the children and young people involved in the report for raising issues which are important to them.

To view the Welsh Government response please click here.

WG response to YW UNCRC report

Young Wales report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

This report, undertaken as part of our Young Wales work, looks primarily at the experiences of children and young people in relation to their human rights. It is being submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of the reporting process looking at children's rights across the UK.

YW report to UN Committee