UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Education written question – answered on 25th October 2010.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what programmes and projects his Department has funded to raise public awareness of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the last five years.

Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather The Minister of State, Department for Education

The Government are committed to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and to raising awareness of the Convention.

The Department has supported and funded a number of initiatives aimed at raising awareness of the Convention in the last five years such as:

Collaborating with the Ministry of Justice and the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) to develop a curriculum resource for teachers on the UNCRC, to be used with Key Stage 3 pupils. Right Here, Right Now - Teaching Citizenship through Human Rights was published in 2007;

The Department provided funding to UNICEF for its Rights Respecting Schools initiative which encourages and helps schools to embed the UNCRC into their ethos and curriculum;

In July 2008, the Department held an event for children and young people and key stakeholders to discuss UK's reporting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and a follow up event was held in September 2009 to discuss the UN Committees Concluding Observations;

As part of the 20th anniversary of the ratification of the UNCRC on 20 November 2009), the Department, with the Office of the Children's Commissioner held a celebration event led by children which was aimed at raising awareness of the UNCRC among children and young people.

The Government operate a number of web-based portals, enabling children and adults to access information about the Convention. For parents and young people, DirectGov has a popular UNCRC section. For children under 10, DirectGovKids has a section on the UNCRC, developed in conjunction with UNICEF. There is also specific information available on the web for people who work with children, for example, through teachernet.

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