The UNICEF Report Card, published in 2013, placed the United Kingdom 16th out of 21 developed countries in terms of child well-being. The judgement was based on indicators of material well-being, health, education, behaviour and risks, and housing and environment. UNICEF also set out policy recommendations to improve the UK’s standing in relation to other rich countries.
Submissions of written evidence are invited to address the issues arising for child well-being in England from UNICEF’s findings and possible responses. The deadline for receipt of submissions is midday on Monday 3 March 2014. Please see below for guidelines for submissions.
Further details of the oral evidence session will be announced in due course.
As part of a scheme to encourage paperless working and maximise efficiency, the Committee is piloting a new web portal for online submissions of written evidence. Written submissions for this inquiry should therefore be sent via the Education Committee website- Written evidence submission form
The deadline is Monday 3 March 2014. As a guideline submissions should be no longer than 3000 words.
Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary. Submissions should be in a Word document only.
Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.
The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.
For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.