4: Children’s Rights
4.1 The UK ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child74 (UNCRC) in 1991. In 2011 Wales became the first country in the world to incorporate UNCRC into domestic legislation (as a result of the Child Rights Measure 2011).
4.2 Throughout the UK, governments and services have a duty to take the UNCRC into consideration in all activity that directly or indirectly affects the welfare of children. Despite this, the UK was criticised severely by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 200875, in respect of the rights violations of vulnerable populations of children in the UK. These criticisms concerned:
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