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 new UNCRC reporting cycle is taking place between 2020 and 2022.
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Between 2020 and 2022, we are working on UNCRC reporting with people and organisations including:
- the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child,
- Children’s Commissioners in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Jersey, and,
- children and young people from across the UK.
The UK is monitored by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child around every five years, and a report from the UK’s Children’s 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:
- children’s rights defenders— like children,
- members of civil society like Together Scotland, and
- children and young people’s commissioners.
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?
We will submit our first report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on 15 December to help them choose the top 30 UK children’s rights issues they will address in the new reporting cycle.
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.
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.