A parliamentary inquiry by cross party MPs and peers, chaired by Lord Carlisle CBE QC and supported by the National Children’s Bureau, has published a damming report into the systematic failings of the youth justice system.
As health experts and ministers begin to address the long-standing failure of statutory services to meet the complex, inter-related needs of young people, new guidance published recently points the way to more responsive, cost-effective services.
At the end of last year, 23 young people with direct experience of the youth justice system attended the Annual Youth Justice Convention to speak about their own experiences and represent the views of their peers.
Young people working with the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have launched a campaign calling on GPs and surgeries to be more deaf aware and to ensure that deaf teenagers get the health support that they need.
Members of Young NCB questioned Members of the Commons and the Lords at a special event in February.
The House of Commons Education Committee has recommended that Government work with local authorities and children’s home providers to establish pilots where children in care are given a greater role in selecting their care workers.
The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) published its State of Children’s Rights in London report earlier this month and found that children’s participation in decision-making varies greatly from borough to borough.
The Government has published its response to the Youth Select Committee’s report on Curriculum for Life.
NHS England has written to the commissioners of health services around the country, offering additional support for involving patients and the wider public in decision-making around healthcare.
On 12 February, 150 young people from across the United Kingdom travelled to Parliament to ask MPs and Peers to lower the voting age to 16. The mass lobby event was supported by the Votes at 16 coalition and led by the British Youth Council (BYC).