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Island urged to sign convention

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The States says the signing-up process has begun

Jersey has been told it must sign up to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The advice was offered by Andrew Neilson, the assistant director of the Howard League for Penal Reform.

The independent charity has been tasked with reviewing the island's youth justice system.

Mr Neilson saids signing up to the convention would be "a great step forward" in ensuring the safety and security of Jersey's young people.

The States of Jersey's assistant health and social services minister, Jim Perchard, said the process of signing up to the UN Convention was already under way.

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