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Joint Human Rights Committee will consider UK’s record on children’s rights

Recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child under scrutiny

On 14 September 2016 the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights will hold a one-off evidence session to hear evidence from the Children's Commissioner for England and the Equality and Human Rights Commission about the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and to consider Parliament's role in following up those recommendations. To read the recommendations, click here.

On 9 June 2016 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its assessment of the UK's record for protecting children's rights.

While the UN Committee welcomed progress in some areas, it made over 150 recommendations identifying specific ways in which children's rights could be better protected in the UK. These related to matters such as:

The Joint Committee has also invited the Children's Commissioner in each of the UK's devolved jurisdictions to supply written comments on these matters, and responses received will be published on the Committee's website.

The evidence session will also be an opportunity for the Committee to hear about any implications for children's rights of the Children and Social Work Bill, which the Committee is currently scrutinising.