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State of Children’s Rights in England 2016: Children at the Centre: The General Measures and General Principles of the CRC

The last 18 months have resulted in changes to the political landscape not seen in recent times. The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) in June 2016 casts doubt on the continued enjoyment of many rights and entitlements children currently enjoy due to EU law. Uncertainties around the economy and concerns over rises in the cost of living could also adversely affect struggling families with children. Hate crimes and racist language have also increased since the referendum result.

With the appointment of a new Prime Minister in summer 2016, there was an opportunity for renewed political leadership on how we treat children. Unfortunately, this opportunity was missed. England no longer has a government minister with responsibility for the rights of all children and the threat that the political conversation over the coming years will be dominated by Brexit, with little space for issues affecting children, is very real.