2016 ROCK update

Countries: England, Scotland and Wales

18th February 2016

ROCK is a coalition of voluntary organisations and individuals from across the UK pushing for the full incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into UK law. In preparation for the forthcoming ROCK plenary meeting, Scotland, Wales and England have submitted an update.

The aims of the ROCK coalition are:

-To achieve the active recognition and realisation of children's rights in the UK through the incorporation of the UNCRC into UK law.

-To identify and act upon opportunities for the incorporation of the UNCRC into UK law. To develop a detailed position as to how incorporation may be achieved and a strategy to achieve it, taking into account international developments.

-To work together to maximise the opportunities to strengthen children's rights that are presented by proposals from the UK Government, the devolved administrations and opposition parties for a British (or UK) Bill of Rights and Responsibilities or similar instrument, and to guard against any threats to children's rights that are posed by the proposals.

To help achieve these aims, in February 2015 the coalition held an event in London 'Placing Children's Rights at the heart of UK Law.' The event reviewed the progress, set out challenges and shared developments and examples of practice from across the UK in incorporating the UNCRC into law.

Coalition plenary meetings are held roughly three times per year and each nation is invited to submit an update report on developments regarding children's rights in law and policy.

Update documents can be accessed below: