Are children's rights a reality in Wales?
The ‘Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group’ is a national alliance of non-governmental organisations (NGO) and academic agencies, tasked with monitoring and promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Wales. In early July 2015, it published and submitted its report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Prepared for the UK’s Fifth Periodic Report under the UNCRC, the report is a ‘Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group’ perspective on the extent to which law, policy and practice in Wales has progressed since the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child released its UK Concluding Observations 2008 to the UK Government.
Although the report recommendations are aimed at Welsh and UK government, the issues raised are of direct relevance to the services delivered by all local authorities in Wales. It aims to help local authorities to develop services that meet the needs of delivering children’s rights in their areas.
Chapter six of the report includes a section on play, written by Play Wales Assistant Director, Marianne Mannello, and provides a policy and legislation progress update, issues of concern and key recommendations for the Welsh Government.