“We need governmental administrations at all levels embracing a bold vision, that translates children’s rights into reality”

Dr Rhian Croke, Children’s Rights Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy Lead, Children’s Legal Centre Wales – Note of thanks to Professor Ann Skelton, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for delivering the Observatory on the Human Rights of...

Promoting a Children’s Rights Approach to child poverty in Wales

Dr Rhian Croke & Professor Simon Hoffman   Poverty: A violation of children’s rights Amongst the many children’s rights issues, we focus on at the Children’s Legal Centre Wales and Observatory on Human Rights of Children, child poverty has been a key concern. As...

UN Committee on Rights of Child – UK Concluding Observations 2023

Dr Rhian Croke, Children’s Rights Strategic Litigation, Information and Policy Advocacy Lead Children’s Legal Centre Wales and Member of the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group   Background to the UNCRC Reporting Process 6th / 7th Cycle of Reporting to the UN Committee...

Deprivation of Liberty Orders – Children’s Legal Centre Wales and Observatory on Human Rights of Children Statement

Children’s Legal Centre Wales and Observatory on Human Rights of Children statement: Welsh Government’s Response to the Senedd Children and Young People and Education Committee’s Inquiry - Services for Care Experienced Children: exploring radical reform.  ...

Implementing the UNCRC in Wales: effective structures and mechanisms for children

Dr Rhian Croke, Child Rights Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy Lead, Children’s Legal Centre Wales and Member of Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group When a State, like the UK, signs and then ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), it takes on...

Looked-after children not getting access to an Independent Visitor

Dr Rhian Croke, Child Rights Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy Lead, Children’s Legal Centre Wales   The Issue It is a statutory requirement that ‘looked-after’ children should be allocated an ‘Independent Visitor’ where it appears to the local authority...

Children’s Legal Centre Wales Response: Report by Children’s Commissioner for England on Strip Search of Children

We welcome the Children’s Commissioner for England report and are deeply concerned by its findings.  We believe that the practice of strip-searching children must be stopped immediately.  The report confirms that children across England and Wales have been searched by...

Strip Search of Children: A violation of children’s rights

England and Wales: Strip search of children A BBC File on 4 investigation asked all 44 police forces in England and Wales for information about strip search of children.[i]  A total of 31 police forces responded to the BBC’s request, revealing that in the last 5...

Poverty and children’s rights

Living in poverty undermines children’s rights guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). For example, it has a negative impact on children’s right to life and survival, and to develop to their maximum potential (Article 6 UNCRC), to an...

How the law in Wales has changed since the days of Hetty Feather

I can’t be the only one who loves anything Jacqueline Wilson writes and Hetty Feather has always held a place in my heart. Being one of Jacqueline Wilson’s most famous books, Hetty Feather follows the life of a girl who was abandoned by her mother at a foundling...

The Law is Different in Wales

 

In Wales, the law is often different to the law in England.

This is because the UK government has given power to the Senedd (and to the Scottish Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly) to make some of its own laws. The law is especially different in lots of the areas that affect children and young people, including education, health and social care.

It is also different because the Welsh Government recognises the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

 

 

Children’s Legal Centre Wales is a small project. We are very sorry but we are not able to offer legal advice to members of the public. We support strategic litigation cases, provide information on the Law as it affects children in Wales and run an education programme. Please explore our website for further information.

Last updated: June 2021