Protecting children's human rights

3.8 million children in the UK live in poverty after housing costs. It seems strange to welcome this, but an improvement in the lives of 100,000 children no longer living below the poverty line is a notable achievement and should be celebrated. However, far too many children are still being denied...

Almost two weeks later than expected, the Government today published the UK's first ever child poverty strategy. Emerging from the landmark legislation brought forward in the Child Poverty Act, the strategy is intended to set out how we, as a nation, will achieve the target of eradicating child poverty...

Children were noticeable by their absence in the Budget today, despite the clock counting down to the publication of the UK's first child poverty strategy. The measures announced failed to create the investment needed to eradicate child poverty in the UK, and neither the Chancellor nor the Leader of...

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has recently estimated that 3.5 million children live in poverty in the UK, and projects that relative and absolute poverty are both likely to rise in the coming years. Changes to VAT, rises in unemployment and inflation, and cuts in public spending are all set to hit...

Narrowing the gap in outcomes between children was a key driver of many of the Labour Government's policies over the last ten years. The coalition Government has since taken up the cause of social mobility, setting its stall firmly in the arena of fairness - of closing the gap between the poorest and...

The drip-drip of information coming from the coalition Government over the past weeks and months finally came together in the Spending Review announcements yesterday: £81 billion cuts in total, and an £18 billion reduction in welfare spending. The Government calls it economic necessity. The Opposition...

Last week we were left wondering about the true nature of the coalition Government. Against the background of its pledges to restore the civil liberties of the British people and give communities a real say in decision-making came Government plans to severely limit children's fundamental freedoms in...

It was a Conservative government that ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1991, committing the UK to protecting and promoting children's human rights. It was the Liberal Democrats that this year made a manifesto pledge to incorporate the CRC into UK law. Responsibility for the CRC...

Children's rights are often seen as an irresponsible threat to the status quo. Organisations like the Children's Rights Alliance for England at times stand accused of wilfully damaging society by presenting children as rights-holders who should be afforded the same dignity, respect and integrity as adults....