The government must do more to protect children’s rights, a committee of MPs has claimed.
While the government has made some progress on the issue, in some areas its policies have been overtly detrimental, the Committee declared.
In a new report examining the government’s record in relation to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the MPs cite cuts to legal aid, tighter controls on immigration and children being held within the prison system as areas of particular concern. Children from disadvantaged families have been particularly vulnerable to government cutbacks, they claim.
Proposals outlined in the report include giving clear responsibility for children’s rights issues to a senior ministers and treating the elimination of child poverty as a human rights issue.
Dr Hywel Francis MP is Chair of the Joint Committee on Human Rights. He said:
“The 2010 commitment by the Government to have due regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child when making policy and law was a bold and welcome step. In many areas things have improved for children over this Parliament as a result, although the momentum set in train in 2010 has slowed considerably in some areas.”
The report is available here.