CHILDREN’S WEEK 2018
Article 12 – United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
‘Children’s views and opinions are respected“
Activities and events organised for Children’s Week by individuals, groups and organisations, focus on
the right of children to enjoy childhood
the celebration of children and young people
highlighting their skills, achievements and needs
acknowledging and supporting parents, carers and all those associated with the well being of children and young people
This fits naturally with the concept of community, living and working together for the benefit of our children and young people. The role of volunteers is significant in this work.
2018 CHILDREN’S WEEK THEME – UNICEF simplified version of UNCRC Article 12
Article 12 (Respect for the views of the child): When adults are making decisions that affect children, children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account. This does not mean that children can now tell their parents what to do. This Convention encourages adults to listen to the opinions of children and involve them in decision-making — not give children authority over adults. Article 12 does not interfere with parents’ right and responsibility to express their views on matters affecting their children. Moreover, the Convention recognizes that the level of a child’s participation in decisions must be appropriate to the child’s level of maturity. Children’s ability to form and express their opinions develops with age and most adults will naturally give the views of teenagers greater weight than those of a preschooler, whether in family, legal or administrative decisions.
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 44/25 of 20 November 1989
entry into force 2 September 1990, in accordance with article 49