As adults, it is our responsibility to keep children’s safe – we want our children and those we look after to be healthy and happy and to develop well both physically and mentally. Above all, it’s also instinctive that we want kids to be safe.
Children learn through exploration and natural curiosity, and it is part of our job as parents and carers to encourage that. However, as our children grow up, develop and discover new experiences, we have to take more and different steps to ensure their safety.
Until their understanding and instincts catch up with their curiosity, our children need to be protected from everyday dangers – whether crossing the road, in and around the home, trying new foods or talking to new people they meet.
UNICEF Rights Respecting School
The Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) is based on principles of equality, dignity respect, non-discrimination and participation. The RRSA seeks to put the UN Convention on the Rights of the child at the heart of the ethos of the school and culture to improve well-being and develop every child’s talents and abilities to their full potential. We will turn our school into one that is a
community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Young people and the school community learn about children’s rights by putting them into practice every day. A rights respecting school models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between adults and pupils, between pupils, or between adults. Rights based agreements (charters) are developed to replace traditional rules. These support the language and behaviours of a mutual respect for rights.
We encourage our children to learn about their rights and this is aided by our class chaters. A class charter is created in collaboration with the children in a class and the adults that teach them. They agree a charter for a rights-respecting classroom. Many charters are linked to the United Nations Rights of the Child articles (UNCRC). Creating a charter helps children to understand the importance of having rights and to develop a keen sense of awareness of their own responsibilities.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Our Rights” A child friendly version to help them understand their rights.
Alexandra Primary School has been credited as a Rights Committed school!