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Reporting on the UNCRC


UNCRC reporting takes place when the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child examines the UK on how well it’s meeting its promises under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This happens about every five years, and is a process our office is involved in.

The last UK report by the Committee formed part of a reporting cycle that finished in 2016. The next UNCRC reporting cycle is taking place between 2020 and 2022.

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The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is the body set up by the UN to monitor the progress that States make in keeping their human rights promises under the UNCRC. It’s made up of 18 independent experts on children’s rights from different countries.

Between 2020 and 2022, we are working closely with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Children’s Commissioners in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Jersey, and children and young people on the Committee’s next examination of children’s human rights in the UK.

A joint report aims to look at whether the UK Government is doing everything it should in order to uphold the rights laid out in the UNCRC.

The UK is monitored by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child around every five years, and the Commissioners’ report forms part of this monitoring process.

Reports on the 2015/16 UNCRC Reporting Cycle

How does UNCRC reporting work?

The Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) is the body set up by the UN to monitor the progress that States make in keeping their human rights promises under the UNCRC. It’s made up of 18 independent experts on children’s rights from different countries.

The Committee monitors if States are keeping their human rights promises throughout a reporting cycle, a period of time that lasts around five years. During each cycle, States submit written information to the Committee on how they keep children’s rights promises in their countries. This information is included in the State report.

The Committee reviews these reports, as well as additional information it receives, discusses the information with the national government during a meeting called Session, and makes recommendations or Concluding observations to help States improve the situation of children’s rights.

How is the Commissioner involved?

Lots of people and organisations have an important role to play in the UNCRC reporting cycle. These include:

The Commissioner and their team can be involved in the reporting cycle by:

  • providing comments on the UK Government’s report or additional information about issues that it doesn’t address,
  • helping the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child identify issues to ask the UK Government about during the review,
  • supporting the Government in following up the recommendations of the Committee,
  • providing information to the Committee on how its recommendations are being implemented by the Government.

When will the UK be examined next?

November 2020      

We will submit our first report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to help them choose the top 30 UK children’s rights issues they will address in the new reporting cycle.

January 2022           

The UK Government will submit a report to the Committee on progress in addressing the top 30 issues and challenges around doing so.

Later in 2022            

We will submit a second report to the Committee, responding to the Government’s report.

The UN Committee will meet with civil society, National Human Rights Institutions, children’s commissioners and the UK Government to ask questions and hear evidence about children’s human rights issues in the UK.

September 2022     

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child will review all of the information they have received and write Concluding Observations that call on the UK Government to make changes to fix any big problems and progress children’s human rights.

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