Supporting the Rights of Children and Young People

Supporting the rights of children and young people.

I am going to write about the importance of supporting the rights of children and young people, in 1.1 I will talk about participation and equality of access.   1.2 will cover the benefits of valuing and promoting cultural diversity in work with children and young people.

1.1 The rights of all children and young people are stated in the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).   The UK government formally accepted this agreement in 1991.   This means that the rights of children are protected by law.   Included in the extensive   rights are, each child is entitled to an education and children are to have their views respected.   All children should be able to participate within the school and have access to a wide and varied curriculum.   Teachers should be able to provide a high quality of teaching and learning experience.   Whatever the child’s background, gender, race, culture, additional needs or disability they are entitled to equal access to the curriculum.   This is why we have legislations, codes of practice and policies to make sure this happens.   Children are not all treated the same at school but should have the opportunity to follow the curriculum which can meet individual needs.   Policies which promote equality and inclusion give out a positive message, children are then encouraged to learn about responsibilities to others while having their own rights protected.   Many schools have mission statements which detail the commitment of the school towards the inclusion and equal opportunity of the children.The Disability Discrimination Act 2005 builds on the 1995 Act by requiring all
schools to produce a Disability Equality Scheme (DES).   The DES must set out ways that the school promotes equality of opportunity and promotes positive attitude towards pupils, staff and others with disabilities.   The school must be able to show that barriers have been removed to...