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.