United Nations analyses children’s rights in The Netherlands

The Committee urges the Dutch country to take action and reduce institutionalisation of children

The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child has published its concluding observations on the States it examined during its 69th session from 18 May to 5 June. All State parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the CRC on how they are implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child at national-level.

The conclusions contain both positive aspects of the implementation of the Convention and main areas of concern. The document also details Committee’s recommendations for action.

Among its recommendations, the CRC urges The Netherlands to facilitate family-based care for children wherever possible, and develop a system of foster care for children, who cannot stay with their families, with a view to reducing the institutionalisation of children.

The Committee also calls on the State party to strengthen its efforts to prevent violence, in particular neglect and domestic violence. It recommends as well that The Netherlands, "in order to further strengthen the fulfilment of children’s rights" ratifies the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure.

Read all concluding recommendations here.