UN Convention On The Rights
Of The Child
The United Nations on the Rights
of the Child offers carers guidance
about what is wrong and what is
right , what is morally and
ethically the most responsible way
to act and advocate for children.
It emphasises three main rights:
• non-discrimination (Article 2)
• the best interests of the child
• the right to be heard (Article 12).
It took ten years to create this new
vision “of the child as an individual
and as a member of a family and
community, with rights and
responsibilities appropriate to his
or her age and stage of
The Australian Government signed
this agreement (ratified) in 1990.
All children’s services workers need to be
committed to supporting the rights of the child.
This can be done by:
– Becoming familiar with the Convention
– Educating communities, parents and children
about children’s rights through newsletters,
meetings, discussions etc
– Encouraging the advocacy of children’s rights
– Supporting parents and community when they
identify issues or concerns and indicating to
them how to find appropriate resources.
Visit the UNICEF School Room to gain
further understanding of the UN Convention
On The Rights Of The Child.
Early Childhood Australia’s Code of Ethics