Rights Respecting School

Article Of The Week

best interests of the child

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.

UNICEF SILVER RIGHTS COMMITTED SCHOOL

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.  

Year 11 pupil

What is a Rights Respecting School?

Unicef works with schools to create safe and inspiring places to learn where children are respected, their talents are nurtured and they are able to thrive. The rights respecting schools award (RRSA) ensures that these values are being displayed in everyday life by everyone connected to the school which gives all children and young people the best chance to lead happy, healthy lives.  
 
The RSSA recognises a school’s effort to put the UN Convention for the rights of the child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond It is categorised into 3 award levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.   
 
The Bronze level award – Rights Committed – is the first stage of the award and builds the foundation for moving onto the next level. At this stage schools begin to make children and young people aware of their rights.
 
The Silver level award – Rights Aware – is the second stage and is achieved when schools are able to demonstrate that the UNCRC is being used and understood throughout the school. 
 
The Gold level award – Rights Respecting – is the highest stage of the RRSA. It is awarded to schools that can demonstrate that children’s rights are fully implemented throughout the school and all of its policies and practices.   

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.

Ms MorrisHeadteacher

Rights of the Child

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:

  1. Non-discrimination (Article 2)
  2. Best interest of the child (Article 3)
  3. Right to life survival and development (Article 6)
  4. Right to be heard (Article 12)

Each week Milford Haven School will be choosing an article to focus on.