United Nations Committee report on the UK record on children’s rights
Yesterday the Committee for the Rights of the Child published its recommendations to the UK Government on how to improve on children’s rights.
The committee of international experts mentioned Roma and Traveller children a number of times saying that they have serious concerns about discrimination and negative media; persistent inequalities in education and standard of living and how England and Scotland still haven’t brought in a duty on councils to provide adequate sites for Gypsy and Traveller families. You can read the full report from the UN website here
A report written by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children from Travelling Ahead in Wales and across the UK was produced by Article 12 Scotland and presented to the Committee for the Rights of the Child in 2015 – you can read it here and young people from Wales’ Young Wales and the Campaign for a Welsh Youth Assembly had travelled to the United Nations in Geneva to give their own evidence to the Committee (see the photo above)
One of the international experts who sits on the CRC Committee visited Wales in September 2015 and met with young people from Cardiff’s New Leaf Forum – their main concerns were about education, discrimination and sites