This week, the UNCRC Article of the Week is...
Article 5: You have the right to be given guidance by your parents and family.
What does this mean?
Article 5 of the UNCRC is about recognising that most young people will find that their parents, guardians or family are the people who are most qualified to give them good advice. It's also about understanding how important family is to a young person’s wellbeing.
Best interests come first:
Article 5 says that the parents or guardians of a child or young person should act in their best interests. What these are will change as a child or young person grows up: a young person is able to do more things safely than would have been the case when they were a child or a baby.
Parents or guardians should be aware of the changing abilities, wants and needs of children and young people in their care, and should take these into account when thinking about how to act in their best interests.
What Article 5 doesn’t mean:
Article 5 is about the support a child or young person receives from their family, parents or carers. It shouldn't be taken to mean a family member or carer can deny a child or young person their rights. If a child or young person's best interests aren’t being looked after by their family or carers, then there should be things that person can do to change this. Children and young people should be able to make their own decisions about what these changes might be.
It's important to know that: