UN Convention on the Rights of Children

At Woodbridge Primary and as a Student Council we support the work of UNICEF and the UN Convention on the Rights of the child.

UNICEF works for children in more than 190 countries and believes that every child, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to grow up safe, happy and healthy.

In 1989, the world’s leaders officially recognised the human rights of all children and young people under 18 by signing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Some of the articles in the convention

The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all actions concerning children.
Every child has the right to say what they think in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously.
Every child must be free to say what they think and to seek and receive information of any kind as long as it is within the law.
Every child has the right to meet with other children and young people and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights.
Every child has the right to the best possible health. Governments must provide good quality health care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean environment so that children can stay healthy. Richer countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Every child has the right to an education. Primary education must be free. Secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children’s human dignity. Wealthy countries must help poorer countries achieve this.
Every child has the right to relax, play and join in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.
Governments must make the Convention known to children and adults.
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