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What is "the Rights of the Child"?

UN Human Rights

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a child as any human under eighteen years of age, unless the age of maturity is earlier under legislation for a specific country.

Nations around the world that agree to this convention are bound by international law. Adherence is monitored by a United Nations committee.

Countries that have agreed to the convention are required to report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child and be examined on their progress on implementing the convention and children's rights in their country.

"Every child has the right to survival, protection and education, and to have their voice heard."

Save the Children


What Are Schools Doing?

UNICEF have been working with thousands of schools across the United Kingdom to promote the rights of children, and to offer the opportunity to gain a Rights Respecting Schools Award.

There are three levels of award that schools can achieve:

  • Recognition of Commitment
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

Of importance for teachers are articles 28 and 29 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which are focused on children's rights to good quality education.

What Is the Local Authority Doing?

We now have over 80 schools in Swansea engaged in the Rights Respecting Schools Award with many schools having achieved Level 1 and Level 2 awards. There are 15 schools working towards their Recognition of Commitment.

The Local Authority aims to have every school registered and working towards their Recognition of Commitment (ROC) by March 2016.

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