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UN Rights of the Child: List of Issues: Jersey Submission 2016

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A decision made 18 January 2016:

Ministerial decision reference    MD-ER-2016-0002

Decision summary title  UN Rights of the Child – List of Issues – Jersey submission 2016

Decision summary author

International Treaties Manager

Is the decision summary public or exempt? 


Report title  UN Rights of the Child – List of Issues

Report author or name of

person giving report

Policy & Research Officer, Social Policy Unit

Is the report public or exempt?

Exempt 41(1)(a)

Decision and reason for the decision


The Minister for External Relations noted that the HM Government was in the process of preparing for scrutiny on the United Kingdom’s compliance with the United Nations Convention of Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to include responses from the Devolved Administrations, the Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies.  The Minister recalled that the UNCRC was extended to Jersey in 2014.


The Minister having further noted that the Government of Jersey’s response to the “List of Issues” had been approved by the CAVA (Children and Vulnerable Adults) Group of Ministers, decided that the Island’s compliance template should be submitted to HM Government accordingly.


The UK’s submission (including Jersey’s responses) would be considered by the Committee on the Rights of the Child at a UN Plenary later in the year.  A Report will be published in due course.


Resource implications


Action required


The International Treaties Manager to forward a copy of the “List of Issues” in respect of the UNCRC through official channels.







Minister for External Relations




Date signed    18 January 2016





Effective date of the decision


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