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UK Children’s Commissioners’ children’s rights progress report


The four UK Children’s Commissioners have published a joint report explaining how well the Governments in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and England are protecting children’s rights. Every five years, the Commissioners work together on a progress report for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which judges how well children’s rights are respected across the world.

The Report of the Children’s Commissioners of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child identifies emerging trends and key issues for children. Issues include children’s limited access to play and leisure opportunities in disadvantaged areas due to financial barriers and a lack of variety.

Additionally, to allow the UN Committee to hear directly from children too, the Commissioners have produced the “Are we there yet?”: Our Rights, our say report. It includes information about how some children feel that their right to play has been badly affected during lockdown because they have been unable to see their friends.

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