CLC News Updates from the Children’s Legal Centre Wales
What's in the News? Blogs on current issues faced by children in Wales and the wider world
Reading my Rights Blogs by Swansea University Students, using Children’s fiction to explore children’s rights in Wales
Careers/JFF Blogs about Children’s Rights Careers including that of our Justice First Fellow
Observatory Contributions from the Observatory on Human Rights of Children which provides a forum for research, debate, education and knowledge exchange on human rights of children and young people
Promoting a Children’s Rights Approach to child poverty in Wales

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

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...

Looked-after children not getting access to an Independent Visitor

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...

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

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...

My Justice First Fellowship experience

My Justice First Fellowship experience

I was drawn to social justice work as a career choice due to my background as an adoptee, in addition to work experience I had undertaken at the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’s office when I was 16 years old. I have a passion for helping others and I wish to...

Poverty and children’s rights

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...

Child Rights in the USA

Child Rights in the USA

The Observatory and Children's Legal Centre Wales have links with child rights activists and researchers in many countries across the world, including the USA. This summer our work was represented at a major international conference held online and across time zones...

County lines, knife crime, the law, and your rights in Wales

County lines, knife crime, the law, and your rights in Wales

No More Knives, by Christina Gabbitas is a new book which looks at five friends and how they become involved in county lines and knife crime. The story covers the harsh reality of the plight of young people involved in county lines, including what they were expected...

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

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...

Why does Wales have stronger laws on children’s rights than England?

Why does Wales have stronger laws on children’s rights than England?

This new book The Impact of Devolution in Wales: Social Democracy with a Welsh Stripe? co-edited by Professor Jane Williams and Dr Aled Eirug, which includes a chapter on children's rights, offers some insight into that question. The edited collection reflects on two...

How can art break the law and get you into trouble?

How can art break the law and get you into trouble?

Night Owls by Jenn Bennett Jenn Bennett is an American author of novels for both teenagers and adults. One of her award-winning books, Night Owls, follows the adventures of two teenage artists, Bex and Jack. Bex is a student who aspires to become a medical...

A new Welsh Government plan for children: the devil is in the detail

A new Welsh Government plan for children: the devil is in the detail

Critical friends - driving change for children Wales since devolution has been pursuing an agenda that seeks to respect and promote the human rights of children as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or Convention). Why is this...

Mental health and young people’s experience of food poverty in Wales

Mental health and young people’s experience of food poverty in Wales

On Children's Mental Health Week, we consider the relationship between children and young people’s experience of food poverty in Wales and mental health. All rights are connected and related to each other. How might your right to health, including mental health, be...

Memory, Dignity and Justice

Memory, Dignity and Justice

The United Nations General Assembly designated January 27—the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, every year, the UN urges every Member State to remember and honour the six million Jewish...

International Day of Education

International Day of Education

The United Nations General Assembly has declared the 24th of January as ‘International Day of Education’. The aim of this day is to commemorate the role education plays in peace and development. Articles 28 and 29 of the UNCRC provides every child with the right to an...

Girls Under Pressure – Jacqueline Wilson

Girls Under Pressure – Jacqueline Wilson

Content warning: eating disorders Author Jacqueline Wilson’s books are well-known for tackling difficult subjects, are Girls Under Pressure is certainly no different. It’s written from the perspective of Ellie, a teenage girl who is struggling deeply with the way she...

‘What’s wrong with children’s rights?’

‘What’s wrong with children’s rights?’

What a privilege it was to listen to Lady Hale deliver our Observatory on Human Rights of Children Annual Lecture (online, 10th November). In her 2013 inaugural Annual Lecture for the Observatory she asked the question: Who’s afraid of Children’s Rights? This year the...

Children’s Rights and the International Pandemic Treaty

Children’s Rights and the International Pandemic Treaty

On November 29th the World Health Assembly will meet to discuss an International Treaty on Pandemics. Drawing on lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, the treaty (which will be legally binding under international law) will support international efforts to...

Matilda and your right to go to school

Matilda and your right to go to school

Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a book loved by millions, and has been ranked number 30 among all time children’s novels by the School Library Journal! Have you read it? If you haven’t, you may have watched the movie or musical version. Any version is worth the time. It is a...

Orange: Your right to good mental health

Orange: Your right to good mental health

TW: Suicide, depression Are you interested in an engaging story, with a realistic portrayal of mental health issues? Then you should read Orange! Orange is a Japanese manga, written, and illustrated by Ichigo Takano. The manga, set in Matsumoto, follows the current...

We need a ‘Children’s Rights Approach’ to climate change

We need a ‘Children’s Rights Approach’ to climate change

Climate change is having a devastating impact on children’s rights. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child says that climate change is the ‘biggest threat to children’s health and exacerbates health disparities’ and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human...

What The Huge Bag of Worries tells us about mental health

What The Huge Bag of Worries tells us about mental health

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside tells the story of Jenny, a happy girl with a lovely mum and dad, a great brother, a dog named Loftus, best friends and a wonderful teacher at school. But just lately, Jenny has started worrying. She worries about her...

National Adoption Week 2021

National Adoption Week 2021

National Adoption Week 2021 is taking place between the 18th and 22nd of October of this year. The week hopes to promote a better understanding of adoption through real life stories from many different points of view including adoptees themselves and adoptive parents...

Free school meals and the stigma surrounding it

Free school meals and the stigma surrounding it

Free school meals are available to eligible pupils in Wales who attend school full-time. If you receive free school meals, do you feel embarrassed or different to some of your friends? You are not alone if you feel this way. Here, we’ve set out what it’s like for...

Free School Meals

Free School Meals

Over the last year, free school meals have become a major talking point. From the campaign by Marcus Rashford in England to three major debates in the Senedd and many articles in print and online media, it seems as though a lot of people are discussing free school...

Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development

Children’s Rights and Sustainable Development

By Professor Jane Williams   Wales has special laws on both sustainable development and children’s rights. How do these two important areas of policy fit together? On the face of it, they should reinforce each other. Children’s rights include being able to live...

Harry Potter and the Hogwarts school rules

Harry Potter and the Hogwarts school rules

There are seven books in the Harry Potter series, do you have a favourite? I think they’re all great, but I love hippogriffs, so mine is the third book. If you liked the last book, Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows, you can read about the law in relation to it...

The impact of COVID-19 on young carers and how to get help

The impact of COVID-19 on young carers and how to get help

The past year has been difficult for everyone due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, this time would have been particularly strenuous on those who are young carers. There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK, with approximately 30,000 carers in Wales...

Jacqueline Wilson’s Story of Diamond the Acrobatic Child Wonder

Jacqueline Wilson’s Story of Diamond the Acrobatic Child Wonder

Do not let her fantastic title fool you! Diamond IS an acrobatic child wonder with an extraordinary gift for acrobatics. However, the story of her life is not all that glamorous. She is the fifth child born to penniless parents who would have preferred that she'd been...

What Dear Martin tells us about  your rights as a child in Wales

What Dear Martin tells us about your rights as a child in Wales

Dear Martin by Nic Stone tells the story of Justyce McAllister, a strong minded seventeen-year-old black man who lives a challenging life, both in his poor neighbourhood, constantly threatened by local criminals, and at the overwhelmingly white prep school he attends....

Custody Disputes in ‘The Suitcase Kid’ By Jaqueline Wilson

Custody Disputes in ‘The Suitcase Kid’ By Jaqueline Wilson

Hi everyone! Hope you are all well and are enjoying your summers to the best of your ability given the difficulties of recent times. I firstly would like to thank you for taking the time to read this blog post I’ve written. It is written about several issues which are...

Sexting and Social Media – Reading My Rights

Sexting and Social Media – Reading My Rights

I have read a book called The Best Possible Answer by Katherine Kottaras which is a young adult fiction book. Despite it being fictional, the main character Viviana finds herself in a very real, modern and scary situation. Between the ages of 13 – 17 as a teenager /...

How to get help if you are a Young Carer like Katniss Everdeen

How to get help if you are a Young Carer like Katniss Everdeen

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is one of the most successful book series of all time and is the 21st highest-grossing film franchise. It follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, who nominates herself as Tribute when her sister, Prim, was selected to compete in...

Reading My Rights- The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

Reading My Rights- The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon is a book that follows the journey of 15 year old Christopher, who has autism. When he finds his neighbour’s dog dead, Christopher sets off to unravel the mystery of who was responsible, whilst writing...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Reading my Rights

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -Reading my Rights

‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ written by JK Rowling, is the seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter is a boy who finds out on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard and will be going to school at Hogwarts. The books see Harry Potter...

Cinderella – Reading My Rights

Cinderella – Reading My Rights

Now, I’m sure that we are all familiar with fairy tales. “Once upon a time”, “happily ever after”; does that ring a bell? I thought it would. Whilst these stories tend to end with true love and happiness for our beloved protagonists, we cannot ignore their journey to...