Harry began the day meeting two design companies wishing to make CRAE’s new microsite for young people about Equality and human rights. Both companies gave presentations and were interviewed by Harry and two other CRAE members.
This was followed by a meeting of the National Advisory Panel for CRAE, a body of young people and specialists in human rights law that provides guidance to CRAE. Discussion was based heavily around the Equality Act 2010. During the panel’s meeting, Harry spoke about wide mis-interpretation of the rights of young people, how the fundamental rights of children develop with age, and generally co-exist with other equality characteristics such as gender or race. Other members raised the differing areas where the rights of young people are a prominent issue, such as in schools, in health care and in interactions with local authorities and services. A representative from the ECHR also talked about an equalities review undertaken with regards to young people, which is suffering from financial cuts to information and resources.
Harry then addressed the panel on his work in Sheffield relating to the rights of young people, namely, banning the mosquito device, and how this sort of campaigning can go far without legislation supporting it. He also notified the panel about a current piece of research that would determine the effects of the mosquito device on young people’s hearing. If the effect was negative, a push for national ban by CRAE and organisations like UKYP would be appropriate.
After the panel, Harry noted; “It’s important that young people come together with Lawyers, members of the human rights commission and others to discuss the principles that should underpin an accepting society. The work CRAE does facilitates such opportunities and gives a sincere, authentic example of how young people should be involved in a decision making process.
I have a concern at present about the abolition of many measures of well being for young people in an upcoming equalities review about young people. I am also shocked to see the lack of consideration through consultation of young people’s opinions when the report was being formulated. This method of doing things is both ridiculous and self defeating”