Government commits to “embedding children’s rights”

The government has committed to giving due consideration to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child when developing new policy and legislation. This pledge was first made on behalf of the coalition government by former children’s minister Sarah Teather, back in December 2010. The renewed promise came in response to a parliamentary … Read more Government commits to “embedding children’s rights”

Supreme Court rules on benefits for disabled children in hospital

The Supreme Court has ruled that the human rights of three-year-old Cameron Mathieson were violated when the Department for Work and Pensions took away his disability living allowance (DLA) benefit after he had been in hospital for 84 days. Cameron had cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy, among other medical conditions. In July 2010, aged … Read more Supreme Court rules on benefits for disabled children in hospital

Human rights committee inquiry report

The joint committee on human rights, parliament’s scrutiny body on human rights, has concluded its inquiry on the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It raises a number of concerns relevant to children living in institutional settings. The committee says the UK’s failure to accept the UN complaints mechanism … Read more Human rights committee inquiry report