Education and training
Article 42 of the UNCRC: What does the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child say?
State Parties should undertake to make the principles and provisions of the Convention widely known, by appropriate and active means, to adults and children alike. Rights are of little use to individuals unless individuals are aware of them. Article 42 confirms the obligation of States Parties to make the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child known “by appropriate and active means” to adults and children.
The proposed Rights of Children and Young Person’s Measure will, if passed, place a direct duty on Ministers to make the principles and provisions of the UNCRC known to all adults and children.
UNCRC monitoring and reporting process 2008
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child recently examined progress in implementing the UN Convention in the United Kingdom and Overseas Territories. As part of its review, the Committee included a consideration of the progress that we have made in Wales in securing children and young people’s rights under the Convention.
As part of the reporting process, Funky Dragon's "Our rights: our story" reported that only 8% of young people had been taught about the UNCRC in school. In addition to this a scoping study undertaken by Save the Children in 2007 also revealed that across the professions there was uncertainty about what is meant by children’s rights and only a limited number of professionals had received training or delivered training on children’s rights. The Welsh Assembly Government has acknowledged that there is a need to support training and resource development, catering to all professionals working with children and young people, and that it is important to ensure that awareness is raised of the UNCRC and it is promoted to a wide range of audiences including children and young people in a variety of formats.
On these pages you will find training resources for professionals, children and young people, parents and carers and elected members. Although we have tried to create tailored resources for each group, you might find it useful to look at all the pages. For example, under ‘elected members’ there is a training course for school governors. However, governors might find it useful to look at the resources for teachers, under ‘professionals’, as well.
This presentation below was put together by Dr. Christina Hudson who spent 8 weeks as an intern with Save the Children researching awareness of the UNCRC amongest Health Practitioners in Wales.