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Children's Rights Bill [HL]

Private Members' Bill (Starting in the House of Lords)

Originated in the House of Lords, Session 2009-10

Last updated: 9 April 2010 at 09:34

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Long title

To give further effect to rights and freedoms guaranteed under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and for connected purposes.


The purpose of the Children’s Rights Bill is to enshrine the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in UK law. The UNCRC is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people a comprehensive set of rights.

Issues included in the convention’s articles are: the right to be free from all forms of violence; the right to play, rest and leisure; and the right to be protected from harmful work and economic exploitation.

The UK signed the convention on 19 April 1990, and it came into force on 15 January 1992.Some articles of the convention are already given effect through existing legislation, for example though the Children Act 2004, and through a range of legislation on the right to education. This Bill would make the UNCRC part of UK law.Key areas

  • The Bill would create a duty to ensure all new legislation is compatible with the convention and is “children’s rights proofed”.
  • The interpretation of convention rights would be determined by a court or tribunal.


Baroness Walmsley
Liberal Democrat
Life peer

Current version of the Bill

20 November 2009

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Lords
1st reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
In progress
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