CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 36

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: Abolish any legal obligation to attend collective worship in state-funded schools. Guarantee children’s right to freely decide whether they wish to attend religious worship at school.

Original UN recommendation

The Committee recommends that the State party repeal legal provisions for compulsory attendance at collective worship in publicly funded schools and ensure that children can independently exercise the right to withdraw from religious worship at school.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

14 freedom of thought, belief and religion)

Last updated on 09/12/2020