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Children and young people's rights scheme

The council has produced a children and young people's rights scheme that embeds the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into all our policies and functions.

Overview of the UNCRC

In 1945, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human RightsOpens new window. ALL people have these rights.

Further to this, in 1989, the United Nations developed an additional framework that sets out the rights children (0-18 years) should have, which would enable them to participate in society in an equitable way and protect and provide for their vulnerabilities if required. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the ChildOpens new window has 42 articles which set out how children should be treated. 

In September 2013 the Cabinet Members for Opportunities for Children and Young People and Learning and Skills presented a report to CouncilOpens new window which sought to embed the UNCRC within the Authority's Policy Framework, and to mainstream positive approaches to the rights of children and young people within the policy and functions of the City & County of Swansea. Council expressed its full support to the implementation of the scheme.

The Children and Young People's Rights Scheme was formally adopted at CabinetOpens new window on 21 October 2014.

Key Points in relation to the Children and Young People's Rights Scheme

The Scheme provides an overview of the arrangements the City and County of Swansea have in place to demonstrate that we have due regard to the UNCRC by 

  • Embedding Children's Rights Impact Assessments into the Equality Impact Assessment Process.
  • Training and awareness raising for staff, partner organisations, children and young people and the public.
  • Reporting and monitoring our progress highlighting expected outcomes and evidencing our work.
  • Demonstrating how we deal with feedback and challenges.

The draft Scheme was published for consultation along with a timetable of events to engage with children and young people.   No significant change was made as a result of the consultation; the responses were positive and supportive of the scheme. 

An annual progress report will be published (November 2015) which will go through the Scrutiny process and a Scrutiny champion will be nominated. 

Wales Observatory for Human Rights will also contribute to the annual report.  We are looking at 3 key documents for visibility of children's rights and undertaking interviews with the Executive Board in order to establish a base-line to measure our future work, this will be repeated in September 2015 and feed into our first progress report.  

 

If you would like additional information or have any questions of queries please contact us at uncrc@swansea.gov.uk

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