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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

15. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes to immigration legislation, guidance and practice will be introduced following the Government's decision to remove its reservations to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. (229783)

The UK Border Agency's treatment of children must be as sensitive as possible.

We have transformed our children's policy, introducing a code of practice and have even legislated to impose a duty on UKBA to take appropriate steps to ensure that while children are in the UK they are safe from harm.

Withdrawing the reservation was made possible largely because of developments in child protection arrangements since 1991. No additional changes to legislation, guidance and/or practice are currently envisaged as a result of its removal.