General Article UK 'lagging behind' on children's rights

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It is 20 years since the UK Government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – has there been significant progress in ensuring children’s rights are considered at all levels of decision-making?

‘Not at all levels of decision-making.

‘I believe there has been quite a bit of lip service, and there’s certainly been reference through amendments to bills, by people who are quite keen on the Convention on the Rights of the Child, but I have to say that it’s been mainly coming up in amendments from people who have been working, say, for quite a while; people connected with children.

‘I’m speaking about the Lords now, of course, because I don’t know about the Commons, but I suspect it might be the same over there as well. It’s the keen people who are pushing it all the time and sometimes not getting the responses that we would have hoped for. It has benefited the voluntary sector in their being able to quote it, but I think as far as Parliament is concerned, it has really...

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