Fair Play for Children News — Children in the World & Society

Jan Cosgrove
70 min readJan 3, 2023

Fair Play for Children website: http://www.fairplay31.online/index.html

15th March 2023

Iranian Children Used As Human Shields Against Protesters


Government approves forced evacuation of children from active combat zones


14th March 2023

Toddler shoots sister dead in bedroom — US


12th March 2023

11th March 2023

10th March 2023

9th March 2009

Child in the City Newsletter — 9 March 2023

8th March 2023


7th March 2023


Recent UK action to protect children from online gambling and gaming-related privacy issues

Governments Urged to Protect Children’s Rights

4th March 2023

2nd March 2023

28th February 2023

27th February 2023

25th February 2023

24th February 2023

Shamima Begum -v- Home Secretary — Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

23rd February 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 23 February 2023

22nd February 2023

20th February 2023

18th February 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 16 February 2023

February 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 9 February 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 2 February 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 12 January 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 5 January 2023

Child in the City Newsletter — 19 January 2023

January 2023

The Children’s Commissioner’s submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child

‘The fact that some adults don’t believe in children’s rights, and we have those rights, so we need the Government to speak about rights for kids so that we have a life of some sort of freedom. And that we have respect for adults so adults should have at least some respect for kids around the world’ — Boy, 10, The Big Ask.

When I took up post as Children’s Commissioner for England and reserved matters in March 2021, I wanted to hear directly from children about what they thought my priorities should be. I was clear that that my priorities should be shaped by their views and experiences. That is why I launched The Big Ask, my survey of children in England which quickly grew to become the largest survey of children ever, collecting the voices of over 550,000 children.

At the time as a country, we were beginning to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and thinking about the longer-term impact on children and young people. Children had made huge sacrifices during the pandemic to protect the older generation. Schools were closed for most children; they weren’t able to see their friends or their family networks and couldn’t take part in their hobbies that they so enjoyed. I wanted to give them all the opportunity to tell the nation what really mattered to them and how we as adults could dismantle barriers to them succeeding. I have reflected on what children told me about their lives and what they want throughout my submission to the UN.

Since March 2021, I have continued to listen to children. My team has now heard from almost 600,000 from across the country, either through speaking with them directly or by hearing about their experiences through surveys. Children’s voices have been at the heart of everything I have done, from a national audit of school attendance to the independent Family Review.

This report is no different. Informed by the thousands of children who have spoken to me, sharing their hopes, ambitions, and even their fears, this is my submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). My report is all about how we can continue to make sure every child, regardless of where they live, has their needs met and their rights upheld.

And as a reminder of why this is so important, let me finish with what one girl told me:

‘Children’s rights and the lack of people open to talk or listen to children’s worries and concerns’ — Girl, 11, The Big Ask.

Submission to United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)


Children’s Version — Right to No Discrimination


Children’s Version — Right to be Heard


Tackling forced and child labour: community observers advocate for fulfilment of commitments by government and companies as critical


PERU: UN Committee urges guaranteeing children’s right to expression and investigating violence that has led to the deaths and injuries of children during protests


Poland — Church apologises after priest filmed holding down child at special needs school


Turkish-backed groups recruit 40 child soldiers: STJ report


Protection measures needed to support children with disabilities in armed conflict: UN experts — ohchr

Child protection enquiries reach record levels, reveal official figures — Community Care

Strong progress towards a Child First youth justice system — GOV.UK

‘Poisonous’: how WhatsApp is exposing UK school children to bullying and harmful content | Internet safety | The Guardian

Straight Talk With Young Children About Racism — The Provincetown Independent

Police taking photos and fingerprints of lone children arriving in UK | Immigration and asylum | The Guardian

More than 350 applications to deprive children of their liberty made in first three months of new national court

Council pays £55,000 and makes an apology to survivor of abuse in children’s home

Ombudsman investigation into EHCP delay highlights nationwide problems for councils in recruiting educational psychologists

Vote yes on Question 1 to put all kids on a level playing field — The Nevada Independent

Health and social workers call for more bereavement support for children and families facing death — University of Chichester

AG (AChild).APPROVEDjudgments

Judge allows local authority to withdraw care proceedings, says Human Rights Act claim made by parents must fall away

Calls grow for greater investment in preventative services as number of mothers involved in recurrent care proceedings increases

Rising demand and lack of suitable accommodation sees councils struggling to meet legal duty to house children in need of care: Ofsted

Child exploitation warning for Stockport’s youth justice system — BBC News

City kids use secret handshake to let youth worker know there is no food at home — Mirror Online

Four in five of the children’s homes in England are run for profit — here’s why that is a problem

Over 9 in 10 Children in Kiribati Are Living in Food Poverty: Report

Judge warns councils applications for international adoption under 1993 Hague Convention “may not be at all straightforward”

Study: Child Marijuana Use Soared 245% in Last 20 Years

Welsh government issues guidance on handling cross border child protection cases

Court of Appeal dismisses challenge to Education Secretary decision not to ban placements of 16 and 17 year olds in unregulated accommodation

Public law children case update: December 2022

Enabling the meaningful participation of children and young people globally: The Lundy Model

Interview: Anne Longfield on how commission sets out action to tackle youth violence | CYP Now

US Lawmakers Seek UN Investigations into China’s Boarding Schools in Tibet — Central Tibetan Administration



Jan Cosgrove

National Secretary of Fair Play for Children, Also runs Bognor Regis Herald online. Plus runs British Music Radio online