UK State Party Hearings under the UNCRC: Geneva 23th – 24th May 2016

The 23rd and 24th of May saw the culmination of several years of work by the Observatory and partners in Wales and the wider UK, as the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child scrutinised the UK, Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland Governments in the final hearings on the 5th periodic report of the UK as State Party to the UNCRC.

Jane Williams, Observatory co-Director, supported three research reports submitted to the Committee to assist in its scrutiny:

The Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group’s Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group Report

The first ever report based on child –led research by under 11 year olds, the Big Lottery-funded Little Voices Shouting Out report and

The FUNC+ report.

Jane attended the pre-sessional hearings (October 2015) and the final hearings on the 23th and 24th May 2016, together with Alexandra Atkins and Matthew Walker who are young trustees of the Campaign for the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales (CYPAW)  and some 40 other non-governmental delegates from the UK, including the UK’s four Children’s Commissioners. In addition to the research reports, detailed briefings were sent to the Committee by Jane and colleagues from other UK jurisdictions to help the Committee scrutinise the 23-strong delegation of UK civil servants.

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"Team Wales" after the UN Committee hearings at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, 24th May

Jane said, ‘It has been rewarding to see our work clearly influence the questions asked by the Committee of the UK Government and we hope soon to see the impact on the Concluding Observations which the Committee will publish in June. The UNCRC monitoring process has generated a wealth of research evidence on the state of children’s rights throughout the UK and dependent territories. Research conducted by children and young people from Wales and elsewhere in the UK, including research supported by the Observatory, has been especially valued by the Committee. Great thanks are due to Swansea’s Lleisiau Bach Little Voices team, Helen Dale and Arwyn Roberts, and to the young trustees of CYPAW. The Observatory will continue to work with our many partners within the dynamic of the UNCRC to help produce the research base which is so essential to make human rights a reality for children and young people.’

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