CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 57

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should: Adopt a human rights-based approach to disability, set up a strategy for the inclusion of disabled children in line with UN advice on the rights of disabled children and: (a) Respect the right of disabled children to express their views. Consider these views when making decisions affecting their life, such as education and personal support. (b) Make education inclusive. Prioritise inclusive education and making mainstream schools fully accessible over placing children in special schools. (c) Provide a full range of services to help disabled children in their transition to adulthood. Ensure disabled children can make fully informed decisions about this transition and are provided with sufficient advice and information.

Original UN recommendation

With reference to its general comment No. 9 (2006) on the rights of children with disabilities, the Committee recommends that the State party adopt a human rights-based approach to disability, set up a comprehensive strategy for the inclusion of children with disabilities and: (a) Ensure full respect of the rights of children with disabilities to express their views and to have their views given due weight in all decision-making that affects them, including on access to and choice of personal support and education; (b) Set up comprehensive measures to further develop inclusive education, ensure that inclusive education is given priority over the placement of children in specialized institutions and classes and make mainstream schools fully accessible to children with disabilities; (c) Provide children with disabilities with a comprehensive and integrated package of services for transition to adulthood, from a sufficiently early stage, by coordinating legislation, policy and programmes across relevant sectors, and ensure fully informed decisions by children with disabilities on their personal choice in the transition, by involving them in the design of services and by providing advice and information on available options.

Date of UN examination


UN article number

12 (respect for the views of the child), 23 (children with disability)

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