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Children: UN Conventions

Volume 687: debated on Thursday 7 December 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many and which government department websites hold information on (a) the Convention on the Rights of the Child; (b) the United Nations reporting process; (c) recommendations to the United Kingdom by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child; and (d) the Government's response to those recommendations; and [HL530]

Whether information is disseminated on (a) the Convention on the Rights of the Child; (b) the United Nations reporting process; (c) recommendations to the United Kingdom by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child; and (d) the Government's response to those recommendations to schools, health centres, hospitals, courts, job centres, post offices, libraries and other similar establishments; and, if so, how.[HL531]

Information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the United Nations reporting process and the recommendations to the United Kingdom by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is held on the Department for Education and Skills website: www.everychildmatters.gov.uk/uncrc. This website also contains the 1999 UK periodic report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which responds to the 1995 recommendations made by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. The UK's response to the 2002 recommendations together with the UK's next periodic report will be published in July 2007.

Information on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child can also be found on the Government's Directgov website, as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

The department does not disseminate information to schools, health centres, hospitals, courts, job centres, post offices, libraries and other similar establishments. However, there are opportunities within citizenship education to learn about human rights and how they relate to young people and could include the convention. Information on the convention can also be accessed through the websites described above.