The Liberal Democrats have pledged to bring the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into UK law.
Originally signed in 1989, the Convention is an international treaty specifying a range of fundamental political, economic and social rights for young people. It includes a right to privacy and a right not be imprisoned, except as a last resort.
The Liberal Democrats are the only party to have made such a pledge, Children & Young People Now reports.
The move was welcomed by charity the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE). co-directors Carla Garnelas and Louise King said: “Crae has been calling for incorporation of the UNCRC into domestic law for many years.”
The Convention would ensure that future governments meet “minimum standards” when making “tough decisions” that affect the lives of children, they claimed – on, for example immigration, criminal justice or child poverty.
Garnelas and King added:
“Enshrining the UNCRC in UK law will also increase access to justice for children where their rights are breached – giving them a means of redress.”