Call for UN Convention on the Rights for the Child to be incorporated into UK law

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Call for UN Convention on the Rights for the Child to be incorporated into UK law

A joint letter calling for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to be incorporated into UK law was published in The Times this week (20 November 2019).

The letter signed by 70 organisations, including Napo, reads: “Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which the UK ratified in 1991. This treaty grants every child the right to an adequate standard of living, the best possible health, to inclusive education which nurtures their talents and personality, and to protection from all forms of violence and exploitation. It cherishes child-parent relationships and entitles parents to positive support from the state. Special protection and assistance is granted to those children unable to live with their families. Compassion, dignity and humanity are extended to all children, including those caught up in our immigration and criminal justice systems. The treaty’s general principles entitle children to be heard and taken seriously, to develop their full human potential and to enjoy all of their rights without any form of discrimination. Governments and public authorities are meant to treat children’s best interests as a primary consideration in all actions concerning them. 

Earlier this month we published a document setting out 30 general election pledges. Our first call to political parties is to commit to incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child into UK law. If we are serious about building a society where every child is respected and can thrive, then let’s show we mean it with a Children’s Rights Act.”

This was signed by the following:

  • Priscilla Alderson, Emerita Professor of Childhood Studies, University College London
  • Dr Mohammed Mubashir Mazhar Ali, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist (latterly visiting psychiatrist to HMYOI Wetherby)
  • Cathy Ashley OBE, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group 
  • Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England 2010-2015
  • Berni Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Baker and Joy
  • Dr Tim Bateman, Chair, National Association for Youth Justice
  • Rev. Anne Bennett, former Anglican chaplain to HMYOI Cookham Wood
  • Julie Bishop, Director, Law Centres Networ
  • Dr Julia Brophy, Independent Research Consultant and Principal Investigator – Family Justice
  • Jamie Burton, Chair of the Board of Trustees, JustFair
  • Celean Camp, Director, Association of Child Protection Professionals
  • Professor Sir Cary L Cooper CBE, 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology & Health, University of Manchester
  • Deborah Coles, Executive Director, INQUEST
  • Martha Cover, Coram Chambers
  • Liz Davies, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, London Metropolitan University
  • Maud Davis, Children’s solicitor
  • Ian Dickson, former Chair of the Conference for Care Experienced People and children’s rights campaigner
  • Anne-Marie Douglas, Founder/CEO of Peer Power Yout
  • Kathy Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Children England
  • Jon Fayle and Paul Smart, Co-Chairs, National Association of Independent Reviewing Officers
  • Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work, University of Huddersfield
  • Natasha Finlayson OBE, Chief Executive, Working Chance
  • Deirdre Fottrell QC and Noel Arnold, Co-Chairs, Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Alison Garnham, Chief Executive, Child Poverty Action Group
  • Penelope Gibbs, Director, Transform Justice
  • Professor Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpoo
  • Pippa Goodfellow, Director, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
  • Karen Goodman, Independent social worker
  • David Graham, National Director, The Care Leavers’ Association
  • Stephen Gray, Chief Executive Officer, The Young Lives Foundatio
  • Anna Gupta, Co-Chair, Association of Professors of Social Work
  • Pam Hibbert OBE
  • Dr Carol Homden CBE, Chief Executive, Coram
  • Naomi Jackson, Children and Families Social Worker
  • Ray Jones, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London
  • Sukhchandan Kaur, Chair, Nagalro – Professional Association for Children’s Guardians and Family Court Advisers
  • James Kenrick, Chief Executive, Youth Access
  • Dr Mark Kerr, Managing Partner, The Centre for Outcomes of Care
  • Louise King, Director, Children’s Rights Alliance for England
  • Lynn King and Dr Lauren Wroe, founders, Social Workers Without Borders
  • Amanda Knowles MBE, Future Horizons and Your Life Your Story
  • June Leat, Chair of Potato (Parents of Traumatised Adopted Teens Organisation)
  • Katie Lomas, National Chair, Napo
  • John McGowan, General Secretary, Social Workers Union
  • Sheila Melzak, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist & Director, Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile
  • Jenny Molloy, Author, Adviser and Trainer
  • Katherine Mulhern, Chief Executive Officer, ECPAT UK
  • Steve Myers, Director of Social Sciences, University of Salford
  • Ed Nixon, Every Child Leaving Care Matters
  • Dame Gillian Pugh, former Chief Executive of Coram and former Chair of the National Children’s Bureau
  • Nigel Richardson CBE, Children’s services adviser and former Director of Children’s Services
  • Brigid Robinson, Managing Director, Coram Voice
  • Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive, Become
  • Peter Sandiford, Chief Executive Officer, Independent Children’s Homes Association
  • Clare Scherer, Chief Executive, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Children’s Fund
  • Peter Sidebotham, Emeritus Professor of Child Health, Warwick Medical School
  • Enver Solomon, Chief Executive, Just for Kids Law
  • Jonathan Stanley, National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care
  • Mike Stein, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, University of York
  • Maris Stratulis, National Director, British Association of Social Workers England
  • Professor Julie Taylor, Professor of Child Protection, University of Birmingham
  • June Thoburn CBE, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia
  • Nigel Patrick Thomas, Emeritus Professor of Childhood and Youth, University of Central Lancashire
  • Judith Timms OBE, Founder and Trustee of the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and a Vice President of the Family Mediators Association
  • Jane Tunstill, Emeritus Professor of Social Work, Royal Holloway, London University
  • Dr Sam Warner, Consultant clinical psychologist
  • Rita Waters, Chief Executive, NYAS (National Youth Advocacy Service)
  • Nick Watts, Director, Together with Migrant Children
  • John Weightman MBE, Former Vice President and Juvenile Lead, National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards
  • Carolyne Willow, Director, Article 39

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