A failure on children’s rights

The UN’s assessment on our performance on children’s rights makes for uncomfortable reading, says Anna Feuchtwang

This month the UN published its assessment of how Great Britain is faring on children’s rights and the verdict made uncomfortable reading: the UK has a lot of work to do – and a lot of that work will fall to schools.

To improve children’s rights in the UK we need to address a blind spot – child poverty. The UN committee expressed serious concerns that the levels of deprivation facing children in our country present significant barriers to the fulfilment of their rights.

While the House of Lords recently stepped in to halt plans to stop measuring child poverty based on income, we are yet to see whether the government is really serious about tackling disadvantage. The forthcoming Life Chances strategy, announced in the Queen’s Speech, will not live up to its name if child poverty is not at its core.

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