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UNICEF Rights Respecting

Duty Bearers

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All staff are responsible for upholding children's rights as Duty Bearers in the school. This means that staff have a duty to protect the rights of the children they care for, ensuring others understand how their rights are universal, inherent, inalienable, unconditional and indivisible.

Henry Green was awarded the Rights Respecting Silver Award - Rights Aware in June 2021. 

This academic year (22/23) we are going for Gold.


The Award recognises our achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into practice within the school and beyond. Children's Rights are at the heart of our school, ethos, values, policies and our learning.  


What makes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child so special?

The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.


Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.

The Convention must be understood as a whole: all rights are linked and no right is more important than another. The right to relax and play (article 31) and the right to freedom of expression (article 13) are as important as the right to be safe from violence (article 19) and the right to education (article 28)


We understand that duty bearers help us to enjoy our rights.  Duty bearers include teachers, adults in school, parents, health workers and other people that help us like doctors, nurses and police officers.


All children are Rights Holders.  Children’s Rights are: inherent, inalienable, indivisible, universal and unconditional. This means that all children, worldwide should have their rights met, Duty Bearers must make sure this happens!

Children's Rights

Rights Respecting Class Charters
At the beginning of the academic year, each class produces their own class charter. Each charter is an agreement between the children and the adults in the class. It signifies a shared enterprise and acts as the ‘social glue’ which binds everyone together. Once the charter has been agreed all children and adults sign it and it becomes a reference for the class.


Parent Charter

We also have a Parent Charter on display in our school reception area, which we invite parents to sign to show an understanding of their role as a Duty Bearer in ensuring children's rights are respected.

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