Brexit & children’s rights

The European Children’s Rights Unit remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring that the protection and promotion of children’s rights is at the forefront of the Brexit process, and that children have a voice in those debates.

A Brexit and children coalition

Members of ECRU are working closely with over 30 children's rights organisations, academics and practitioners across the UK as part of a Brexit and Children coalition. The coalition raises public awareness and briefs parliamentarians regarding the specific implications of Brexit for Children. Its activities have led directly to a series of proposals for amendment to the EU withdrawal bill, aimed at providing better protection for children as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

Read the report: Making Brexit Work for Children: the impact of Brexit on children and young people


European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The European Children’s Rights Unit has been working with the Brexit and Children Coalition to develop a series of briefing papers to support peers in their discussions relating to the EU Withdrawal Bill from 30 January onwards. The Coalition is pushing for two amendments to the Withdrawal Bill that will a) secure better protection for children’s rights post Brexit by incorporating a duty to have due regard to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in relation to any future amendments to EU-derived law relating to children; and b) maintain the strongest possible links with the EU’s child protection bodies and agencies to facilitate cross-national co-operation and exchange of intelligence between child protection authorities in relation to child protection issues that straddle jurisdictional boundaries.

Second Reading, House of Lords:

Committee stage, House of Lords:

If you would like more information on the work of the Brexit and Children coalition, please email ECRU's Director, Professor Helen Stalford.


Support secured for amendments seeking to protect children post Brexit

Making Brexit work for children and young people