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Children’s Rights

All children have universal, human rights - the standards in international law for the treatment of children to support their optimal survival, development and protection. These standards are set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Canada in 1991. The provision and protection of children’s Convention rights is the primary duty of governments at all levels. Realizing the promise of the Convention is an ongoing, progressive commitment. The Convention is a useful framework to advance the well-being of children because it provides a comprehensive view of the interdependent conditions to scaffold child well-being, it makes clear what children are entitled to, it distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of different actors , and it articulates the principles that should guide all actions for children. Using the Convention to develop policies, laws, programs, services, administrative procedures and other decisions and actions leads to better outcomes for children.

Monitoring Children’s Rights

Governments that ratify the Convention and its Optional Protocols must report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child of the United Nations Human Rights Council on their progress in advancing children’s Convention rights. Read more »

We offer training and education workshops and presentations to support Canadians – governments, organizations and communities – to use the Convention on the Rights of the Child to strengthen their work for and with children. Contact us to learn more about current opportunities at policy@unicef.ca.