Making rights a reality for every child

Chris Leaman
14 Feb 2012

In Why incorporate? Making rights a reality for every child produced by the ROCK coalition, a compelling case is made for enshrining the rights of children into our law at a time when governments and others are looking for fresh approaches to protecting and promoting children’s wellbeing and development. There is cross-party consensus on the importance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; however, it is not yet enshrined in UK law.

The ROCK coalition works towards:

  • Achieving the active recognition and realisation of children’s rights in the UK through the incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into UK law.
  • Identify and acting upon opportunities for the incorporation of the CRC into UK law. To develop a detailed position as to how incorporation may be achieved and a strategy to achieve it, taking into account international developments.
  • Working together to maximise the opportunities to strengthen children’s rights that are presented by proposals from the UK Government, the devolved administrations and opposition parties for a British (or UK) Bill of Rights or similar instrument, and to guard against any threats to children’s rights that are posed by such proposals.

Incoroporating the Convention into UK law would allow sustainable
improvements in children’s rights and bring about change for children far more quickly than the current piecemeal approach to reform.

It would place the systematic consideration of all children’s rights front and centre in every piece of legislation and policy affecting children. Public agencies would also have a duty to protect children’s rights.

Wider than the legislative agenda incorporating the Convention would prompt the cultural change needed across the UK to ensure children’s rights are meaningful, respected, protected and implemented.

It would also help to raise awareness of children’s rights throughout society, and among all those working with or for children and young people.

YoungMinds is a member of the ROCK coalition and is campaigning for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be enshrined into UK law.

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