When adults make decisions, they should think about how their decisions will affect children. All adults should do what is best for children. Governments should make sure children are protected and looked after by their parents, or by other people when this is needed. Governments should make sure that people and places responsible for looking after children are doing a good job.
As a Rights Respecting School, we are proud to have been awarded our silver, and are on an exciting journey to obtain our gold award. For this, we are placing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) at the heart of our school. The Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) recognises achievement in making children’s rights central to our school ethos and we look forward to sharing this with our young people.
Becoming a Rights Respecting School means we can use our voice and feel confident that we are being listened to.
I am extremely proud of everyone involved in achieving this award, to progress from Bronze to Silver so quickly shows the dedication and commitment of our pupils and staff. Our school ethos is Together Aspire, Together Achieve and achieving the Unicef- UK Silver- Rights Committed Award truly has been a team effort. We look forward to continuing to put the Rights of the Child at the heart of the school’s planning, policies, practice and ethos as we work towards achieving the Gold – Rights Respecting Award and positively impact our young people to feel safe, happier and become more active in school life and the wider world.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the basis of all of UNICEF’s work. It is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.
The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
There are four articles in the Convention that are seen as special. They’re known as the “General Principles” and they help to interpret all the other articles and play a fundamental role in realizing all the rights in the Convention for all children. They are:
Each week Milford Haven School will be choosing an article to focus on.