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Child-Friendly Governance

Governments who ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child have committed to give priority consideration to children as their first duty. Governance for children involves creating the processes and mechanisms that support decision-making that is good for children. It includes giving children a first call in the allocation of budgets, formulating laws that protect and support children’s human rights, and other governance processes to ensure children are visible and their best interests given priority.

While the actions of governments may seem remote from the daily lives of children, children are more affected by the actions – or inactions – of government than any other group. Almost every area of government policy affects children to some degree, directly or indirectly. Children are particularly vulnerable because of their dependence on adults, their lesser social and legal status, and the risk to their lifelong prospects if deprived of the conditions necessary for good childhood development.

In all actions concerning children, whether undertaken by public or private social welfare institutions, courts of law, administrative authorities or legislative bodies, the best interests of children shall be a primary consideration.

- Article 3, Convention on the Rights of the Child

Advocate with UNICEF Canada

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Child Rights Impact Assessment

Connect to the Community of Practice dedicated to Child Rights Impact Assessment to learn more about this practice to support children’s human rights and well-being, participate in discussion and exchange with others, contribute resources and develop your practice.

Children’s Commissioners and Advocates

We advocate that all levels of government establish independent advocates for children to ensure children’s interests and views are widely known and influence decisions and actions affecting them.

A Canadian Commissioner for Children and Young People

The Canadian Council of Child & Youth Advocates

Better Laws and Policies for Children

UNICEF Canada’s legislative briefs, parliamentary submissions and policy dialogue aim to ensure children’s interests are elevated and the legislative framework supports their rights.