UK Children’s Commissioners publish UNCRC mid-term review
The UK Children’s Commissioners have published their United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) mid-term review for 2019, updating the 2016 review.
In this review, the four Commissioners discuss the progress made since 2016, and what needs to be done to ensure children’s ‘rights are made a reality for all children’.
The Commissioners highlight eight key issues:
- mental and physical health
- financial security
- supporting families
- violence towards children
- digital rights
- criminal justice
- respecting children’s rights.
The Commissioners emphasise that as Brexit continues to be the main topic of conversation, it has ‘drawn political energy and attention away from domestic issues, including the needs of children’.
Examples of the solutions proposed include an ‘increased investment in mental health services’, ‘funding for vulnerable children supported by children’s services’, and ‘adequate levels of funding for schools’.