Rights Respecting School
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is based on an analysis of what all children need in order to thrive.
Ensuring all children’s’ needs are being met to enable them,
- To survive as a fit and healthy person.
- To be protected from harm and abuse.
- To develop physically, mentally and socially.
- To participate as an active citizen.
Children’s Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Children’s rights are central to all aspects of the Rights Respecting School Award
UNICEF aims to promote children’s rights in schools through the RRSA in two ways: by supporting schools to ensure that rights are embedded in their ethos and policy-making; and by offering resources and activities to ensure that children and young people can learn about children’s rights in the classroom and beyond.
Teaching children about the Convention of the Rights of the Child means that they can find out about the legal and human rights and responsibilities that underpin society. By learning about the Convention, children can discover that:
“They have rights”
Children should be informed about their rights
Children should be helped to exercise their rights
Children should be able to enforce their rights
There should be a community of interest to advocate young people’s rights
These tenets of the Convention of the Rights of the Child are true for children worldwide, making the Convention an excellent starting point for understanding global citizenship.
The Convention of the Rights of the Child provides a clear link for pupils between building up their rights-respecting school, understanding their rights and the need for children’s rights to be realised everywhere.
Children in rights-respecting schools develop a stronger sense of the need to act for global justice.
We are a SILVER Rights Respecting School
This means that at Longsight Community we are constantly finding ways to ensure children’s rights are promoted and valued, each member of the school family, ranging from the office to into the classroom to the staff working in the school building, we are always trying to encourage the children to acknowledge their rights and raise the profile of these rights into their local and wider community.
Our curriculum embeds the four key areas of impact for children at a Rights respecting school;
Wellbeing Participation Relationships Self-esteem