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UNCRC Reporting Process

UNCRC Reporting Process

The UK Government through ratifying the UNCRC is obliged to report on its compliance with its obligations under the Convention, 2 years after ratification and every 5 years thereafter, to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Committee’s role in the reporting process is to monitor State’s implementation of their international human rights obligations under the UNCRC.

As part of these examinations, there is an obligation on the Government to submit a written report and then to present for Oral examination to the Committee. Following the examination, the Committee will make a series of recommendations or Concluding Observations which detail areas of non-compliance by the UK Government with its obligations under the UNCRC and highlight actions which the Government needs to take to better and more fully comply with its international obligations to children under the UNCRC.

There is an obligation on the Government to give effect to the Committee’s Concluding Observations after being examined by the Committee. The Concluding Observations from the last examination of the UK Government by the Committee in 2008 can be accessed here.The UNCRC expressly makes provision for the role of NGO’s in the Reporting Process. The Children’s Law Centre in partnership with Save the Children NI has lead on drafting and submitting the NGO Shadow Report, with input from partner organisations, individuals and children and young people, over the last 2 examinations of the UK Government’s compliance with its obligations under the UNCRC by the Committee.

These examinations took place in 2002 and 2008. The NGO Shadow Report for the 2008 examination can be accessed here. The next examination of the UK Government’s compliance with its obligations under the UNCRC is due to take place in 2016 and the Children’s Law Centre in partnership with Save the Children NI is preparing to compile the NGO Shadow Report for this examination as well as facilitate partner organisations, individuals and children and young people to input into this process.

If you wish to input into this process please contact the Children’s Law Centre by telephone to register your interest or complete and e-mail the expression of interest form which can be accessed here.

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Since the EU referendum in June 2016, the Children’s Law Centre (CLC) and the Dublin based Children’s Rights Alliance have been working in partnership to ensure the potential serious adverse impact of Brexit on children on the island of Ireland are fully addressed as part of the Brexit negotiations. We have been calling for children’s voices to be heard to inform the negotiations, no roll-back on existing rights, a recognition of the need to future proof for children’s rights developments and the need to protect the integrity of the Good Friday Agreement. As part of that work, CLC and the Children’s Rights Alliance Alliance through PILA (Public Law Interest Alliance) and The PILS (Public Interest Litigation) Project engaged A&L Goodbody to consider some of the legal aspects of the impact of Brexit on the rights of children and young people across the island of Ireland.A&L Goodbody have now completed an analysis of the specific implications of Brexit for children as they relate to children’s lives in the following areas: Common Travel Area Citizenship and movement Family law and the movement of children and families Education Health Protection of Children Children and criminal justice A copy the research paper prepared by A&L Goodbody on behalf of the Children’s Rights Alliance and the Children’s Law Centre can be found here: [link]

Brexit-Greatest Impact, Least Heard

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A&L Goodbody Research Paper - Selected Legal Aspects of the Impact of Brexit on the Rights of Children across the island of Ireland

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CLC has undertaken a small scale piece of research to capture the opinions, thoughts and worries of children and young people in relation to Brexit. Whilst this is only a snapshot piece, we endeavoured to engage with a wide cross section of young people throughout this jurisdiction. We met with children and young people living in rural...

Organised by the Children’s Law Centre and The Centre for Children’s Rights, QUB Tuesday 6th December 2016 2pm-5.30 pm Venue: Children in Northern Ireland, 40 Montgomery Rd, Belfast BT6 9HL (Venue is fully accessible and free car parking available on-site) Free event   The EU interfaces in very many areas of children’s lives...

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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Data Protection and Confidentiality

Data protection is the area of law that governs what may, and what may not, be done with personal information.

The 1998 Data Protection Act came into force on 1 March 2000 with the purpose of protecting the rights of individuals about whom data (information) is obtained, stored, processed and disclosed.

CLC is committed to fulfilling its legal obligations within the provisions of the Data Protection Act and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office.

CLC holds personal information on the following:

  • Clients and advice contacts
  • staff
  • members of youth@clc
  • applicants for recruitment and selection
  • training participants
  • mailing lists

Personal information is usually stored by CLC in electronic and paper formats.

Privacy Notice

CLC is committed to protecting the privacy and personal data of all of our service users. In compliance with GDPR, personal data may only be held and processed where there is a lawful basis for doing so. The lawful basis adopted by CLC will vary depending on the purpose for which you access our services.

CLC’s Privacy Notice has been developed so that we can clearly communicate to our stakeholders and service users the types of personal data we may collect and the lawful basis for doing so. It also explains how we store and handle data and keep it safe.

To view our full Privacy Notice Policy Document click here.

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Site Disclaimer

Website disclaimer

Children’s Law Centre (NI) only operates within Northern Ireland and the information on this website is only relevant to Northern Ireland law.

The information contained on this site has been prepared and reviewed by experienced staff employed by the Children’s Law Centre. Whilst considerable effort has been made to describe the law accurately, a website is limited in its ability to convey the complexities and variations in how the law may be applied and interpreted. The Children’s Law Centre, the authors or publishers do not accept liability for any loss which may arise from reliance on the information contained on this site.

We would also ask you to bear in mind the following points when using the site:

Links to other websites

Links to a number of other sites are made to provide the user with speed of reference. However, the Children’s Law Centre cannot guarantee the accuracy of the contents of other websites to which links have been made.

Advisory material not legal advice

The material published on this website is for general information purposes and does not and is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice. You should seek specific legal advice in relation to any particular matter.

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Youth Consultations

August 2013 – UNCRC Youth Engagement Event - OFMDFM

In August 2013 a representative from the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) met with youth@clc to hear their views on issues that impact on young people's lives and what they thought government needed to do, to ensure that all children and young people can enjoy their rights to the full.  Youth@clc expressed concerns about issues relating to education, mental health and discrimination against children and young people.  Some of the issues they talked about included:

  • wantingthe media to run stories about the positive contributions that many young people make to society
  • the need for government to improve play facilities for children and young people with disabilities
  • the need for government to address prejudice and discrimination against children and young people from ethnic minority backgrounds (e.g. Irish Travellers and the Roma community)
  • the need to protect children and young people from being treated differently because they are young

Youth@clc's views will be included in the UK State's Report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child which is due for examination by the Committee in 2016.  Youth@clc will also be working on and sending their own separate report to the Committee, along with other groups of young people and voluntary and community groups who work with children and young people, to ensure that that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child get a full picture of what our government still needs to do to ensure that Children's Rights become a reality for everyone.  

February 2013 - Age Discrimination Survey

Youth@clc are very concerned that children and young people continue to be treated differently from adults on the basis of their age alone and that they often experience unfair treatment by providers of goods and services all over Northern Ireland. We asked youth@clc about their own experiences and they told us: 

"We are often stopped by security guards in shopping centres, local shops, parks, fast food restaurants, cinemas and leisure centres.  Sometimes we feel that we are treated unfairly by the police."If you want to tell us about your experiences of being treated differently because of your age, follow the link below to take part in our online survey.Click here to have your say

December 2012 - Priorities for Youth - Department of Education

Youth@clc told government that youth work was important and could play an important role in improving young people's confidence, mental health and their development in general.  Youth@clc also thought that youth work could help you gain useful skills for life and work. It should be open to all young people, and should always be led by young people as they know best what works and what doesn't work.

Youth@clc's views were included in CLC's full response to the Department of Education's consultation on the Priorities for Youth Strategy. CLC members can access CLC's consultation response through the Members' Area

September 2012 - Reducing Offending - Department of Justice

Youth@clc told us that they could understand some of the pressures and circumstances that might cause some young people to commit a criminal offence. Youth@clc feel strongly that some young people need better support from government and from the communities they live in, to prevent them from getting involved in criminal behaviour.  They also felt that peer support programmes could be an effective way of reducing offending.

CLC members can access CLC's full response to the Department of Justice's consultation on Reducing Offending through the Members' Area.

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