Shining the Spolight on Children: The Impact of Brexit on Children's Rights
On June 23rd 2016 adults will decide on the future of the UK’s membership of the European Union. While proposals to extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds was defeated in the House of Lords, it reignited debate over the substance and scope of children’s democratic participation and their capacity to make informed political decisions. None of these discussions or, indeed, any of the wider debates surrounding the forthcoming referendum have considered the impact that the UK’s withdrawal from the EU might have on children’s rights and lives.
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The European Children's Rights Unit Team (ECRU) at the Liverpool School of Law and Social Justice has developed a series of Briefings Papers to shine a light what leaving the EU might mean to children’s lives and rights in relation to issues such as their education, current and future job opportunities, their health, community life, family life and immigrant children’s legal rights.
You can find the briefings here:
1. The Impact of Brexit on EU Migrant Children
2. The Impact of Brexit on Forced Migrant Children
3. The Impact of Brexit on Child Protection
4. The Impact of Brexit on the Education
5. The Impact of Brexit on the Child Employment
6. The Impact of Brexit on Children's Health
7. The Impact of Brexit on Children's Family Life
8. The Impact of Brexit on Children's Leisure and Football