As parents/guardians, we all want what’s best for our children. We work hard to provide them with love, care, and support, and we strive to protect them from harm. However, it’s important to remember that children have their own rights including indigent children, which are separate from those of adults. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at child rights.
What are Child Rights?
Child rights are a set of legal, social, and economic entitlements that apply to all children, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or status. These rights are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was adopted in 1989 and has been ratified by almost every country in the world.
Here are some of the rights that are essential for the well-being and development of children, including the right to:
• Life, survival, and development
• Protection from harm, abuse, and neglect
• Education, play, and leisure
• Freedom of expression and opinion
• Access to information
• Protection from discrimination
Why is Child Rights Important?
Child rights are important because they recognize that children have their own needs, interests, and opinions. They ensure that children are treated with dignity and respect and that their voices are heard and taken seriously. By protecting children’s rights, we can help to create a world where ALL children can thrive and reach their full potential.
What Can Parents/Adults Do?
As adults, there are many things we can do to promote and protect our children’s rights, remember every child is your child. Here are some ideas:
Encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings, and take their opinions seriously. Let them know that their voice matters.
If you believe your child’s rights are being violated, speak up and take action. Learn how you can help here
• Ensuring access to education
Every child has the right to education, and governments should work to ensure that all children have access to quality education. You can adopt a child or support a Charity school as an individual. Visit theinnercitymission.ngo/education-program for more info. For direct donations click here
• Providing healthcare services
Access to healthcare is also a fundamental right of every child, and governments should work to ensure that children have access to the healthcare services they need.
• Protecting children from violence and abuse
Children have the right to be protected from all forms of violence and abuse, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.
• Encouraging participation
Children should be encouraged to participate in decisions that affect their lives, such as decisions about their education or healthcare.
• Providing legal protection
Governments should enact laws that protect children’s rights and ensure that those who violate these rights are held accountable.