The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international agreement that protects the human rights of children under the age of 18. The UNCRC sets outs these rights in 54 articles. Several of these articles are particularly relevant to educational settings. Article 13 and 17 set out the right of children and young people to access and share reliable information; whilst Articles 28-30 set out the right to an education which develops every child’s personality and talents to the full, in the context of their language and culture.
Pembrokeshire has set out its priorities and actions for improving and enhancing children’s and young people’s rights and participation in the strategy document – A Strategy for the Participation and Rights of Children and Young People in Pembrokeshire 2013-2016. The strategy commits Pembrokeshire County Council to formally adopt the UNCRC and ensure it is incorporated into everything the council does that may impact upon the lives of children and young people living in Pembrokeshire. Here at St Francis we are committed to ensuring that all our pupils know about these rights and what they mean to them.