Children's rights continue to be given more priority especially by the UNCRC. Various policies that are supposed to work in the best interest of children have been developed. However, according to a report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights, some of these policies are working against the best interest of children despite the Government's commitment to the UNCRC which was made in 2010. An area which is of most concern is child poverty. The Committee noticed that many disadvantaged children are suffering disproportionately in the current austerity period.
The Client Cost and Management System (CCMS) is a topic that has caused controversy. This system was adopted by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) and it cost 35 million pounds. That is quite a large amount of money for a system that does not work effectively, at least according to Jo Edwards who is the chair of Resolution.
Victims of Domestic Abuse who have suffered due to injustice will be able to receive help if what the Labour proposes will be adopted. An open letter was signed in The Guardian by 100 judges, doctors, peers and lawyers who are working in the civil and criminal justice system.
Since 2013 when the changes to the implementation of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) came about there has been a significant turnaround in the amount of cases disposed of in the Family Courts.
The recent recommendation that children 10 years and older should be included by way of family mediation sessions has been welcomed by the Resolution. Their spokesperson Karin Walker expressed the fact that the Government’s support of this principle was encouraging and would give young people the chance to have their voices heard.
The LGA aims to put an abrupt end to CSE with the introduction of “disruption orders” that would function on the same principles as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and Domestic Abuse Protection Orders.
The UNCRC Committee expresses its disappointment in how the government has failed to eradicate child poverty and put necessary child rights first.