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What does civil society say about children’s rights in England?  

Today is the launch of a civil society report to United Nations (UN) experts on issues which affect the rights of children in England. This submission is for the upcoming UN review of the UK State Party’s compliance with the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC)

We were one of 90 charities from across England who warn that a number of critical children’s rights issues must be urgently addressed by the UK Government to prevent worsening impacts on the most disadvantaged children.

We were invited to join the Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE) expert Oral Evidence Gathering Session on Child Poverty and Homelessness in September, and we provided written evidence on a number of economic and social child rights issues to inform CRAE’s civil society list of issues submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

We raised the following issues, which were included in the civil society submission sent to the UN: 

  • The UK Government’s No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) policy is increasing child poverty  
  • The UK Government’s Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit system is increasing child poverty  
  • The UK Government’s Benefit Cap rule is increasing child poverty  
  • There has been an increase in child food insecurity and hunger. This is a health issue and affects enjoyment of the right to access adequate nutritious food and education 
  • The UK Government’s failure to improve security of tenure in the private rental sector is increasing risks to the health and safety of the child. This issue affects the right to access adequate housing and risks health 

This civil society submission has a technical name called List of Issues Prior to Reporting (LOIPR). 

What does LOIPR mean? 

The UK has opted into a new simpler reporting procedure (SRP), this means it engages in the LOIPR procedure. 

Read CRAE’s briefing which explains more about the Simplified Reporting Procedure adopted for the upcoming CRC review.  

LOIPR refers to a public list of limited issues that the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will adopt based on a document review, including reports by UNICEF and other UN agencies, children, National Human Rights Institutions, Children’s Commissioners and civil society.  

The UK State report includes replies of the State (for example, the UK Government) to the LOIPR.  

The aim of the LOIPR is to help States prepare focused reports on key priority areas. 

  • See CRAE’s information about the new SRP cycle here 

Civil society submission to LOIPR   

A civil society submission can only include 30 issues on children’s rights. The submission is guided by reference to the CRC and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s recommendations when it last reviewed the UK. 

The maximum word count is 10,000 words!  

Issues are organised by Convention on the Right of the Child articles. 

The LOIPR, once ready, receives endorsements (support) from civil society. 

What did the UN Committee say last time it reviewed the UK? 

We recommend you reading CRAE’s useful summary of the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child which was issued following the most recent examination of the UK State Party’s compliance with the CRC in 2016. 

What happens next?  

See the UK examination timetable here. 

See CRAE’s information about the written evidence it received for the civil society LOIPR submission 2020.

For more information contact our Campaigns and Advocacy Lead, Misha Nayak-Oliver