Sunday, 5 July 2015

Government policy ignores children`s rights

Children`s Rights Alliance for England:

"CRAE's See it, Say it, Change it project has been supporting children in England to report (to) the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. This film is about how they have research(ed) and written the report and what they think needs to change. The report was submitted to the UN on the 1st July 2015, you can read the report in full HERE "

"New research for the coalition of charities in the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), indicates that Government policy means:"
millions of children continue to live in poverty

spending on services for children and families has fallen to 2006 levels, despite increasing need

many vulnerable children are no longer entitled to help with legal advice and representation costs, severely limiting their access to justice.

an increasingly hostile environment aimed at migrants means many vulnerable children are facing more restrictive immigration policies, cutting them off from access to justice and from basic services...
The report also finds that:
reported child sex abuse has risen by 60% in the last four years, while arrests for child sexual abuse offences have fallen by 9% during the same time period

an approved restraint hold is permitted on children in detention, despite serious medical risks

spending cuts have undermined both in-work and out-of-work support for families with children, and welfare reform has had a disproportionate impact on under-18s

the use of Taser on children has increased rapidly in recent years, without any specific training or guidance on this or detailed investigation into its physical or psychological effect on children

the UK continues to be the only country in Europe that recruits from age 16 to the armed forces some of whom have a reading age of just five years.

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