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Children’s Commissioners seek assurances on issues facing children after Brexit

Four Commissioners write to the Brexit Minister

The four Children's Commissioners of the United Kingdom have written to the Brexit Minister, Stephen Barclay, seeking assurances on issues facing children arising from Britain leaving the European Union.

The concerns expressed relate, in particular, to co-operation on child protection and law enforcement, co-operation on family law matters, criminal records and vetting of staff working with children.

On the question of co-operation on child protection and law enforcement after 1 April 2019, the Commissioners ask the Minister to:

With regard to co-operation on family law matters, the Commissioners say that it is imperative that the UK Government:

On criminal records and staff vetting, the Commissioners request that the Minister explain the immediate contingency planning for co-operating on staff vetting in the case of no deal, and the long-term plans for collaboration on the issuing of DBS checks if the withdrawal agreement is ratified. They also seek assurances that consideration has been given to how these arrangements will apply to people travelling across the Irish Border.

For the text of the latter, click here.

22/2/19