Monksmead School

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child




As a school we believe it is important for our children to understand that they have rights. 

The UNICEF website explains:


Rights" are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. 


All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm.


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.


Every child has rights “without discrimination of any kind, irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status” (Article 2).


The Convention is also the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world. All UN member states except for the United States have ratified the Convention. The Convention came into force in the UK in 1992."



At Monksmead, we believe that the children should know and understand their rights.  A child-friendly version of the convention is displayed around the school and is discussed in assemblies at different points of the academic year.  Our children are supported to make connections to the British Values as well as their knowledge of protected characteristics.


If you would like to find out more about children's rights, you can visit the UNICEF website by clicking on this link.


Below is a copy of the child-friendly poster.