The United Kingdom ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the child on 16 December 1991, subject to a number of reservations. Only two of these remain; one about children in adult offender institutions and one referring to Immigration and Nationality.
The latter reservation is as follows:
“The United Kingdom reserves the right to apply such legislation, in so far as it relates to the entry into, stay in and departure from the United Kingdom of those who do not have the right under the law of the United Kingdom to enter and remain in the United Kingdom, and to the acquisition and possession of citizenship, as it may deem necessary from time to time.”
We comply with the spirit of Article 22 of the Convention and believe that our reservation in respect of immigration and nationality matters does not lead to any neglect of children's care or welfare. The Government have no intention of withdrawing the reservation.