Children's Rights - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents

7  Conclusion

153.  It is twenty years since the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.[322] The Convention entered into force for the UK in 1991. Since then, there has been much to commend the UK on in relation to its practice towards children, including positive developments we cover in this Report. Key milestones include the UK's removal of its reservations to Articles 22 and 37 of the Convention and its ratification of Optional Protocols relating to Child Pornography and Children in Armed Conflict. All of these steps have the capacity to afford greater protection to children in the UK. However, as we note in this Report, there is still much more for the UK to do, particularly for those children who live on the margins of society or who come from groups which do not always command popular public support. We draw attention in our Report to the particular problems faced by Gypsy and Traveller, looked-after, asylum-seeking and trafficked children and those caught up in the criminal justice system. We are especially concerned by what appears to be an increasingly negative attitude towards children. Our intention is for this Report to highlight some of the future priorities for the Government in promoting, protecting and securing the rights of children in the UK in the twenty-first century.

322   The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989. The UK signed the Convention on 19 April 1990 and ratified it on 16 December 1991. The Convention entered into force on 2 September 1990. Back

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