Rights Now - young people getting a better deal?

Right now the UK Government is reporting to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on its progress for children and young people's rights. Children and young people have basic rights that are protected by most of the governments across the world so that children and young people living in that country can get a better deal.

At the Youth Summit we have been asking people:

"If you were on the committee on the rights of the child and had the power to tell the government off, what would be your top issues?"

These were some of the answers:

  • Widening of equalities gaps – child poverty a huge issue
  • Educational under achievement for bottom 10%
  • Treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, especially unaccompanied minors
  • Children in care generally fail
  • Anti-social behaviour – unreasonably labelled children as criminals
  • The fact that we lock up more young people than anyone else
  • Too many young people in the poverty trap
  • Young people’s voice still not heard and a lot of tokenism – don’t always act on the advice and the recommendations they make
  • Don’t take young people seriously enough
  • Movement down of salary differences: successfully lower than 10 years ago
  • Not enough facilities
  • Public transport
  • Tuition fees
  • Sexual health services
  • Informal facilities for young people
  • The way we deal with young people who are in trouble with the police

What do you think? Let us know...

Look for more information on the files attached or follow the link to getreadyforgeneva.org.uk

Articles of UNCRC.doc42.5 KB
Ecm and uncrc.pdf32.49 KB
Geneva postcard final design.pdf324.81 KB
UNCRC Spotlight.pdf220.11 KB
UNCRC - the implications of adoption.ppt835.5 KB
Righting Wrongs: improving outcomes quiz 06-07.ppt74.5 KB
Added by Becky Sharp at 06/26/2007 - 11:37