Thursday, November 16, 2006


It's coming up to that time when the UK Government has to submit its report to the UN (by July 2007) on progress towards implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in order to receive its regular pasting for non-compliance, which will later be passed off as "raising issues of good practice or best practice with us rather than non compliance".

Fortunately the government gets to go first, the NGOs read what they've written and, having picked themselves up off the floor, pile in with their own, joint varnish-stripping report to the UN.

Still, cycnicism aside, this time around the government is actually canvassing the views of children and young people themselves before preparing its own report, and that's certainly to be encouraged. There's an online questionnaire for everyone aged under 18. Well, better late than never.


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