A Director for Children's Rights but no Commissioner: Does the U.K. Government's Response to Waterhouse for Children Living in England Breach Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

A Director for Children's Rights but no Commissioner: Does the U.K. Government's Response to... The International Journal of Children’s Rights 9: 1–14, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 1 A Director for Children’s Rights but no Commissioner: Does the U.K. Government’s Response to Waterhouse for Children Living in England Breach Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child? CAILIN C.E. MACKENZIE University of Hull Law School Introduction This article concerns recent developments in child care legislation in England and Wales. Following the Waterhouse Report into abuse of children being looked after away from home in Wales, the government introduced legis- lation for a Children’s Commissioner for Wales and a Children’s Rights Director for England. Whereas the Commissioner for Children in Wales is an independent officeholder who will oversee complaints mechanism and whis- tleblowing procedures, the proposed Children’s Rights Director in England is an employee of an organisation involved with care providers, and it is unclear whether he will oversee any complaints and/or whistleblowing procedures. This article argues that the lack of independence and the uncertainty of the nature of the Director’s functions, in the light of the Waterhouse recommen- dations and other evidence, leave the UK government open to the accusation that they have http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Children's Rights Brill

A Director for Children's Rights but no Commissioner: Does the U.K. Government's Response to Waterhouse for Children Living in England Breach Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child?

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Brill
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© 2001 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0927-5568
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1571-8182
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10.1163/15718180120494801
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The International Journal of Children’s Rights 9: 1–14, 2001. © 2001 Kluwer Law International. Printed in the Netherlands. 1 A Director for Children’s Rights but no Commissioner: Does the U.K. Government’s Response to Waterhouse for Children Living in England Breach Article 37 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child? CAILIN C.E. MACKENZIE University of Hull Law School Introduction This article concerns recent developments in child care legislation in England and Wales. Following the Waterhouse Report into abuse of children being looked after away from home in Wales, the government introduced legis- lation for a Children’s Commissioner for Wales and a Children’s Rights Director for England. Whereas the Commissioner for Children in Wales is an independent officeholder who will oversee complaints mechanism and whis- tleblowing procedures, the proposed Children’s Rights Director in England is an employee of an organisation involved with care providers, and it is unclear whether he will oversee any complaints and/or whistleblowing procedures. This article argues that the lack of independence and the uncertainty of the nature of the Director’s functions, in the light of the Waterhouse recommen- dations and other evidence, leave the UK government open to the accusation that they have

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Published: Jan 1, 2001

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