Huge thanks to Trishna, the winner of our logo design competition, who is responsible for the fantastic logo that will brand this campaign and allow organisations to show their support for children's rights.
The Right Year for Children (RY4C) is a year of action to strengthen children's rights in England. It started on 16 December 2011, the 20th anniversary of the UK ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
By Nick Davies, Children England
Commitment to the UNCRC is one of the universal characteristics that is shared by all of Children England’s members, no matter their size or specialism. All over the country, these brilliant charities are working seven days a week promoting and protecting children’s rights. In this anniversary year, both for Children England (we’re 70!) and the UK ratification of the UNCRC, we wanted to highlight some of these excellent projects. At our recent annual conference we asked attendees ‘What are you doing to make children’s rights a reality?’ A handful of the answers that we received are below.
‘Campaign to improve visiting conditions for the children of prisoners’
‘Helping young people attend, contribute and chair their looked after child reviews’
‘Making sure all looked after children in the area know about our children’s rights services’
‘Providing a range of activities for young people so that they can exercise their right to participation’
Further answers can be seen in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gIObDw0rvo
Although plenty of brilliant work like this is taking place, there’s still so much more that could be done. 20 years after the UK signed up to the UNCRC, it is time for the Government to match this commitment by fully incorporating it into UK law.
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Organisations that support the full implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in England, can become a partner or supporter of The Right Year for Children.