Every Child Matters

Tomorrow (20th November) is the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child. CRAE (the Children’s Rights Alliance for England) publishes an annual report on how our Government is acting on strengthening children’s rights. The link to the report they have just published is here:



The response of the National Children’s Bureau to this was:


The 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) gives society the opportunity to turn its attention to the state of children’s lives in this country.


“While, CRAE’s State of Children’s Rights report shows progress has been made, it also makes clear that we need to do better. Children are dying from preventable illnesses and accidents, at a rate that compares poorly with our European neighbours. In the criminal justice system, children and young people are often treated as ‘small adults’, with a lack of policies and practices designed to meet their distinct needs and vulnerability. For some children in care, experiences and outcomes fall short of what they deserve; they have to cope with instability and placements far from home, on top of the learning, mental health and emotional challenges arising from their experiences before care.”


“While the UNCRC confers rights upon all children, whatever their background or circumstances, damaging childhood inequalities persist in this country, with children living in poverty, children who are disabled and some black and minority ethnic children facing poorer life chances than their peers.” 


“NCB urges all political parties developing their election manifestos, and all those leading services for children nationally and locally, to reflect upon the findings in CRAE’s report, and ensure their strategies and policies deliver on children’s rights. Whatever the outcome of the election, the first priority of the new government should be the development of a long-term, cross-government strategy for children and young people, which draws on the views of children themselves and focuses on tackling childhood poverty and inequality.”