A new report has been published by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission examining the rights of children in care in Northern Ireland. The report highlights that at present there are more children in care than ever since the Children Order came into force.
According to the Chief Commissioner, at the time that the report was compiled, there were approximately 2,800 children in care in the region and nearly one fifth of them had been in care between 5-10 years.
The Commission calls for reform and identified certain areas in need of improvement:
• The practice of moving children
• Delays in the Northern Ireland adoption process
• The right of the child to be heard and taken seriously
• The criminalisation of young people in residential care
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Please visit the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s full report.