Bill could breach human rights

    The government may be breaching children’s human rights by
    “deliberately” omitting organisations working with children of
    asylum seekers and refugees from key parts of the Children
    Bill.

    The parliamentary joint committee on human rights has written to
    Sure Start minister Cathy Ashton seeking justification for the
    omission, and pledged to bring the matter to the attention of each
    House.

    The bill excludes the groups from clauses promoting the well-being
    and protection of children, and setting up local safeguarding
    boards.

    The report also raises concerns about the proposed role and
    independence of the children’s commissioner, and the framework the
    post holder will be working within.

    – The report is available from:
    www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt200304/jtselect/jtrights/93/93.pdf

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