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About UNICEF. UNICEF was set up in 1946 as a response to the crisis in post war Europe. UNICEF is the world’s children’s rights organisation, working globally.

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1 About UNICEF. UNICEF was set up in 1946 as a response to the crisis in post war Europe. UNICEF is the world’s children’s rights organisation, working globally to help every child reach their full potential.

2 Why teach about Rights? …means learning about responsibilities. …is empowering for teachers and pupils alike. …is an active process of learning. …is a practical framework to teach children about being citizens. …reinforces values that teachers always insist upon in their schools.

3 Why teach Children’s Rights? Human rights cannot be taught in a vacuum. The UNCRC is the appropriate charter for children to learn about because it deals with their rights. The UNCRC is a set of universal values that your pupils share with every child in the world. The UNCRC provides a values framework for Citizenship and PHSE, the school’s ethos and rules.

4 The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Unanimously adopted by the United Nations on 20th November Ratified by 191 out of 193 countries. Each country reports back every 5 years.

5 What rights? Survival Rights: the child’s right to life and the fulfilment of their most basic needs, including food, shelter and access to health care and clean water. Development Rights: enable a child to reach their full potential, includes education and play, to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

6 What Rights? Protection Rights: require that children be protected from abuse, neglect and exploitation. Participation Rights: the freedom of expression, which allows children to take an active part in their communities and nations

7 The UK and the Convention. UK ratified on 16th December  Reservations held in 2004:  Refugees and Asylum Seekers. The UK government will not give all the rights set out under the UNCRC to children who are asylum seekers or refugees.  Young offenders. The UK government does not feel that it is a position to ensure that all young people under 18 can be kept in custody (prison) separately from adults.

8 Teaching the Convention... ‘A breadth of effective learning opportunities:’  Activity learning  Enquiry  Discussion  Participation  Working together  Making decisions  Taking responsibility  Reflecting on their experience


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