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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL1585, tabled on 16 July 2015

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to renew the commitment made in 2010 by the Coalition Government to give due consideration to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child when making new policy and legislation, as recommended by the Joint Committee on Human Rights in its report The UK's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (8th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 144).

Answered on

22 July 2015

The government remains committed to giving due consideration to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when developing new policy and legislation and the commitment given by the coalition government stands. We believe that embedding children’s rights in government policy can strengthen services and improve outcomes for children. The rights set out in the UNCRC are secured through a range of different methods, including through legislation, guidance and requirements in various national minimum standards such as the 'Guide to the Children’s Home Regulations including the quality standards' which is available in the attached document and at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/443634/Guide_to_the_Children_s_Homes_Regulations_including_the_quality_standards.pdf