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Eureopean Union & Child Protection with reference to UK

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European Union and Child Protection With reference to UK Introduction: The rights of the children form part and parcel of on going debates for the European Union. Article 24 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights addresses in specific terms the children's rights which reinforces the key principles enshrined in the United Nation's Child Right Commission (UNCRC) that 'every child matters'. A growing number of the European Union activities in the areas of health, consumer protection, criminal justice, social inclusion etc affect children in one way or another, directly or indirectly and it is of immense significance to carryout a specific discussion on the 'EU and Child Protection' with specific reference to the UK and this precisely is the objective of this Paper. It would in particular seek to discuss the efforts of the Commission to put children's rights at the heart of the European Union's policy development especially in a context where the EU has specifically adopted the uses of the UN convention mentioned above on the rights of the child. The UNCRC document is by far the single one having a near universal acceptability and if one can establish a connection between the principles enshrined in them and the policies practiced by the EU, one can reasonably conclude that policies do echo in practice II Discussion: The Green Paper 'Every Child Matters' (HM Treasury, 2003) ...read more.


This poses issues relating to access to resources within the house hold especially when gender prejudices govern the living as a result of which social exclusion of the female gender can take place at the cost of the male child. As a result, reducing family poverty may not necessarily be co-terminus with promoting children's wellbeing (Marshall, 2003). However, the performance of the government on a purely economic angle appears to be commendable. The UK Government has an agenda on social exclusion under which a range of measures have been carried out to counter poverty in the childhood (and old age). As an integral part of EU, the UK Government has produced a National Action Plan on Social Inclusion for he period 2003-05 (Department of Work & Pensions, 2003) that handles broad issues of social inclusions and exclusions. In all policy matters relating to alleviation of poverty, it is dominated by child poverty reduction targets. In this regard, the then British Premier, Tony Blair had declared the historic aim of the New Labour was to end child poverty for ever for which he had set a 20 year mission (Blair, T, 1999). Intentions have been followed up with actions, which have been documented. ...read more.


In this case, it is seen that though the UK Government has done relatively well in addressing issues of child poverty, yet, it has placed itself in a vulnerable position when it comes to the question of protecting the rights of the child. The economic dimensions are no doubt important but when complementary measures along with it are taken, it meets with a larger social objective, for it is not just the economic security that alone matters in such issues but also the social dimensions. Legislative measures are required to address the social concerns also and the UK Government could address this concern if it takes some concrete measures to incorporate the ratification of CRC under a domestic legislative provision. However despite this shortcoming, it can be said that by and large the UK Government shares the concerns of the child neglect as perceived by the U.N. Committee on the Right of the Child, (CRC), yet, there is no mechanism by which one can absolutely guarantee an environment in which the children are free from abuse and violence, especially considering the fact that it can occur within the setting of the family. Public Policy can only endeavor to minimize such recurrences and Child Protection is only one among them with various issues competing for attention from the Government. ...read more.

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