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UNCRC implementation study


UNICEF UK has published a new report based on a study of legal implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 12 countries outside of the UK. UNICEF UK commissioned the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast to conduct the study.

The study’s ‘aim is to analyse the most effective, practical and impactful ways of embedding children’s rights into UK domestic law’.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: a study of legal implementation in 12 countries study found that ‘Few of the countries analysed during this research have fully incorporated the CRC into domestic law, but where this has happened, it has had significant effect. In countries where there has been incorporation (Belgium, Norway, Spain), interviewees felt that children were more likely to be perceived as rights holders and that there was a culture of respect for children’s rights.

The 12 countries were chosen to demonstrate the variety of ways in which different countries have chosen to legislate for children’s rights and to implement the different articles of the Convention.

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