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Children's rights and violence

In our research with children and young people, they have told us that they can experience many types of violence and that some types of violence are more visible than others. They have told us that, because of the circumstances they find themselves in (asylum seekers/refugees; in care; living in areas of conflict; known to the youth justice system), they can suffer particular types of violence. Children’s experiences of violence represent a violation their rights.

The purpose of this module is to support professionals to learn about children’s rights and how professionals can respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights. You will learn about why children’s rights matter and will consider how you can respond positively and from a rights-respecting and child-centred perspective.

To help explore children’s rights, supporting materials have been designed in 3 separate tasks. Complete each, accessing supporting materials through the links.

Task 1: What are children’s rights?

The UNCRC is an internationally ratified treaty outlining rights that are particular to children. Some professionals may be more aware than others. We have developed a video to aid your understanding of children’s rights.

When you have completed the video, think through the following questions press here for download

Task 2: How can I help or hinder?

 

To improve our practice, we need to reflect on how we employ child rights principles in our current work. To help you reflect on the application of children’s rights principles in your daily work with children, we have devised an exercise which you can download here Press here

Task 3: Making rights-respecting decisions with children

 

We have reflected on our own practices and considered how applying a children’s rights perspective can enhance the way we might work with children and their families. In our research, we gathered the views of children and young people about what professionals can do to improve their practice in this area.

Some videos regarding children’s own thoughts of what we could do can be accessed here