Children: Children’s Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Massey of Darwen Baroness Massey of Darwen Labour

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address violations of children's rights in England.

Photo of Lord Nash Lord Nash The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The UK Government has committed to give due consideration to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when developing new policies and legislation:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmhansrd/cm101206/wmstext/101206m0001.htm#1012063000011

The rights set out in the UNCRC are secured through a range of different methods, including through legislation, guidance and requirements in various national minimum standards. If those requirements are not being met, children can access a range of complaints mechanisms, with support from advocates where necessary, to address any violation of their rights. Ultimately, where a child has exhausted these other forms of redress, it is open to them to bring a challenge to the courts (for example, under the Human Rights Act 1998).

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