10. Child’s play? Equality and young people
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14.00 – 15.15
Children and young people deserve to be protected from harm, but this in itself is not enough. We must recognise that children and young people are the holders of a wide range of rights, including the right to express their views and to participate in the making of decisions which affect them. In recent years, there seems to have been a steady decline in respect for and equal treatment of young people – curfews for under -16s; ‘mosquito’ devices (using technology originally designed to scare away vermin) being used to deter young people from particular areas; the roll out of Contact Point, the children’s database; Asbos, and the naming and shaming of children are just a few examples. The demonisation of children and young people can reinforce divisions between generations and damage young people’s respect for law and order. So why are we seeing such a decline in respect for the rights of the young?
|Chair:||Sabina Frediani (Campaigns co-ordinator, Liberty)|
|Speakers:||Lisa Blakemore Brown (Autism Rights, Psychologist and Author)|
|Sam Dimmock (CRAE’s Head of policy and public affairs)|
|Terri Dowty (Action on Rights for Children)|
|Alex Gask (pupil barrister and former Liberty Legal Officer)|
|Jenni Russell (Writer, commentator and broadcaster)|