Lydgate Infant School


UN Children's Rights Article of the Week

Monday, May 20, 2019

We believe it is important that the students have their say. Therefore, this week's Article of the Week is:


You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.

What does this mean?

The opinion of a child and young person should be considered everywhere, including in their home, in their workplace and at school. This is true no matter how young a child or young person is, although the weight their opinion is given should change as they grow up and become more mature.

Article 12 applies to everyone, and care should be taken to make sure it can be exercised by everyone in reality. For example:

  • special materials should be produced for children and young people with disabilities if they need these to participate
  • special consideration should be given to children and young people in vulnerable situations, such as those in care or refugees
  • care should be taken to make sure girls' opinions are respected just as much as boys' are.


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