UN recommend UK Government repeal collective worship

Atheism UK campaign for the abolition of compulsory Collective Worship.

COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/Membership.aspx

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) held its 72nd Session on 17 May 2016 – 03 Jun 2016. In July 2016, the CRC reported on Freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the UK. The report recommended that the Government repeal collective worship.


Report Conclusion

The Committee was:

“concerned that pupils are required by law to take part in a daily religious worship which is “wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character” in publicly funded schools in England and Wales, and that children do not have the right to withdraw from such worship without parental permission before entering the sixth form. In Northern Ireland and Scotland, children do not have right to withdraw from collective worship without parental permission.” (para 35)

The United Nations CRC Committee recommends that the UK Parliament:

“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.” (para. 36)

Documents Reviewed by UN Committee

72nd Session CRC UK Mission

  • UK Attendees – officials from Department for Education, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UK Organisations campaigning to abolish Collective Worship

Reports calling for abolition of Collective Worship

Atheism UK posts tagged Collective Worship


Author: Chris Street

An atheist all my life. Atheism UK President (June 2014-)