Childcare Office

Children's Rights Policy

At Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme we recognise and actively promote that every child does matter and all children have rights; with these rights comes responsibilities.

Articles 1–40: The rights and responsibilities of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child
Article Rights Responsibilities Relevant Club Policies
1 Everyone under the age of 18 years of age has all the rights stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
2 The convention applies to everyone, whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think, say, whatever type of family they come from Everyone has the responsibility to treat others how they wish to be treated with respect, without criticism, or abuse Equal Opportunities, Anti Bullying Policies
3 All organisations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child Everyone has the responsibility to work with the organisation. And to support one another Safeguarding, Early Years Foundation Stage, Play Policies
4 Governments should take all necessary steps to make these rights available to all children Everyone has the responsibility to learn and understand and respect these rights Admissions Policy
5 Governments should respect the rights and responsibilities of families to direct and guide their children so that, as they grow, they learn to use their rights properly Everyone has the responsibility to learn and understand and respect these rights Early Years Foundation Stage, Equal Opportunities Policies
6 All children have the right to life. Governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthily Everyone has the responsibility to be kept safe and to have their basic needs met Safeguarding, Sick Children and Accidents, Inclusion Policies
7 All children have the right to a legally registered name, and nationality. Also the right to know and as far as possible to be cared for by their parents Everyone has the responsibility to recognise people by their name and to respect their cultural differences Admissions Policy
8 Governments should respect children's rights to a name, a nationality and family ties Everyone has the responsibility to recognise people by their name and to respect their cultural differences Equal Opportunities and Admission Policies
9 Children should not be separated from their parents unless it is for their own good. For example, if a parent is mistreating or neglecting a child. Children whose parents have separated have the right to stay in contact with both parents, unless they might hurt the child. Everyone has the responsibility to love and care for others Admissions and Safeguarding Policies
10 Families who live in different countries should be allowed to move between these countries so that parents and children can stay in contact, or get back together as a family Everyone has the responsibility to respect their cultural differences Equal Opportunities Policy
11 Governments should take steps to stop children being taken out of the country illegally Everyone has the responsibility to keep one another safe Equal Opportunities Policy
12 Children have the right to say what they think should happen, when adults are making decisions that affect them and to have their opinions taken into account Everyone has the responsibility to be listened to and heard loud and clear so that the needs, wishes and feelings of children are understood and acted upon Involving and Consulting Children, Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities Policies
13 Children have the right to get and to share information, as long as the information is not damaging to them or to others Everyone has the responsibility to only write the truth about others and for that information be made available Early Years Foundation Stage and Confidentiality Policies
14 Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Parents should guide their children on these matters Everyone has the responsibility to respect individuals and their religious differences Equal Opportunities and Involving and Consulting Children Policies
15 Children have the right to meet together and to join groups and organisations, as long as this does not stop other people from enjoying their rights Everyone has the responsibility to respect each other's choices Equal Opportunities and Involving and Consulting Children Policies
16 Children have a right to privacy. The law should protect them from attacks against their way of life, their good name, their families and their homes Everyone has the responsibility to keep one another safe and to respect cultural differences Safeguarding, Anti Bullying, Equal Opportunities and Confidentiality Policies
17 Children have the right to reliable information from the mass media. Television, radio and newspapers should provide information that children can understand, and should not promote materials that could harm children Everyone has the responsibility to make sure that TV, radio, films, music, newspapers and magazines that are available are not offensive to each other Involving and Consulting Children and Safeguarding Policies
18 Both parents share responsibility for bringing up their children, and should always consider what is best for each child. Governments should help parents by providing services to support them, especially if both parents work Everyone has the right to see both parents who help to decide what is best Admissions Policy
19 Governments should ensure that children are properly cared for, and protect them from violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, or anyone else who looks after them Everyone has the responsibility to keep each other safe and to tell a responsible adult if they or they believe somebody is being hurt by an adult Safeguarding Policy
20 Children who cannot be looked after by their own family must be looked after properly, by people who respect their religion, culture and language Everyone has the responsibility to respect cultural differences Equal Opportunities Policy
21 When children are adopted the first concern must be what is best for them. The same rules should apply whether the children are adopted in the country where they were born, or if they are taken to live in another country Everyone has the responsibility to respect cultural differences Equal Opportunities Policy
22 Children who come into a country as refugees should have the same rights as children born in that country Everyone has the responsibility to respect their cultural differences Equal Opportunities Policy
23 Children who have any kind of disability should have special care and support, so that they can lead full and independent lives Everyone has the responsibility to respect others for their differences Equal Opportunities and Admissions Policies
24 Children have the right to good quality health care, to clean water, nutritious food, and a clean environment so that they will stay healthy. Rich countries should help poor countries achieve this Everyone has the responsibility to help others get clean water, basic health care and to prevent others from starving Health and Safety, Administering Medication, Healthy Eating Policies
25 Children who are looked after by the local authority, rather than their parents should have their situation reviewed regularly Everyone has the responsibility to be listened to and heard loud and clear so that the needs, wishes and feelings of children are understood and acted upon Involving and Consulting Children Policy
26 The government should provide extra money for the children of families in need Everyone has the responsibility to spend money wisely Admissions and Fees Policy
27 Children have a right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and mental needs. The government should help families who cannot afford to provide this Everyone has the responsibility to make sure all children have a standard of living that meets their basic needs Safeguarding Policy
28 All children and young people have a right to primary education, which should be free. Wealthy countries should help poorer countries to achieve this. Discipline in schools should respect children's human dignity. Young people should be encouraged to reach the highest level of education they are capable of Everyone has the responsibility to encourage and develop one another Early Years Foundation Stage, Behaviour Management, Play Policies
29 Education should develop each child's personality and talents to the full. It should encourage children to respect their parents, and their own and other cultures Everyone has the responsibility to encourage and develop Equal Opportunities, Early Years Foundation Stage Policies
30 Children have a right to learn and use language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not Everyone has the responsibility to encourage and respect the development of other languages and customs Equal Opportunities Policy
31 All children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of activities Everyone has the responsibility to play how they want to, when they want to and with whom they want Play Policy
32 The government should protect children from work that is dangerous, or might harm their health or education Everyone has the responsibility to keep one another safe from harm Health and Safety, Playworker Employment and Recruitment Policies
33 The government should provide ways of protecting children from dangerous drugs Everyone has the responsibility to protect each other from using dangerous drugs Smoking Drugs and Alcohol, Safeguarding Policies
34 The government should protect children from sexual abuse Everyone has the responsibility to keep all children safe from abuse Safeguarding, Playworker Employment and Recruitment Policies
35 The government should make sure children are not abducted or sold Everyone has the responsibility to keep all children safe from harm Safeguarding, Playworker Employment and Recruitment Policies
36 Children should be protected from activities that could harm their development Everyone has the responsibility to keep all children safe from harm Health and Safety, Risk Assessment, Play Policies
37 Children who break the law should not be treated cruelly. They should not be put in prison with adults and should be able to keep contact with their parents Everyone has the responsibility to be kept safe from harm and have their needs met Safeguarding Policy
38 Governments should not allow children under 15 to join the army Everyone has the responsibility to be kept safe from harm Safeguarding Policy
39 Children who have been neglected or abused should receive special help to restore their self-respect Everyone has the responsibility to be kept safe from harm, and to love and care for others Safeguarding, Inclusion Policies
40 Children who are accused of breaking the law should receive legal help. Prison sentences for children should only be used for the most serious offences Everyone has the responsibility to listen to one another and have their needs met

At Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme we recognise that every day matters for every child.

Policy reviewed 6 December 2011.