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The Rights of the Child

Every child is born with the same inalienable right to a healthy start in life, an education, and a safe, secure childhood – all the basic opportunities that translate into a productive and prosperous adulthood. But around the world, millions of children are denied their rights and deprived of everything they need to grow up healthy and strong – because of their place of birth or their family of origin; because of their race, ethnicity, or gender; or because they live in poverty or with a disability.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child defines a "child" as a person below the age of 18, unless the relevant laws recognise an earlier age of majority. This was intentional, as it was hoped that the Convention would provide protection and rights to as large an age-group as possible.

At South Grove primary, we campaign and advocate for the rights of children both globally and locally. We do this through understanding the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals. We understand our role as a global citizen and we strive to make a difference.

Unicef Rights Respecting School

 South Grove Primary School is a Rights Respecting School and this key principle underpins the whole school policy for promoting positive behaviour. As a Rights Respecting School, we have advocated for global equality and campaigned on local and global issues, ensuring our children see themselves as part of a global family. We fundraise and support people both locally and globally. Part of the work we do is linking both the Rights of the Child and the Sustainability Goals in our curriculum and in everything that we do.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the cornerstone of our whole school policy for promoting positive behaviour. The Convention is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty in history.  It 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. 

These rights describe what a child needs to survive, grow, and live up to their potential individual liberty. They apply equally to every child, no matter who they are or where they come from.

Through teaching and learning, both in the classroom and in assemblies, children consider how some children are unable to access their rights, linking carefully to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This provides many options for children to become critical thinkers and change makers.

Through this lens, we also teach them about the five British values: Events including voting for class representatives for ambassador roles for positions such as : school council, language buddies, Maketon buddies, anti-bullying ambassadors and Right Respecting schools ambassadors are just a few.   Visits to the school from Parliament and organisations such as Project Zero provide children with discussion points in each of these areas:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty 
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

At South Grove, we believe all of this can make the world a much better place.

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