National Child Day is celebrated in Canada on November 20 in recognition of the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
All children have universal, human rights – the standards in international law for the treatment of children to support their optimal survival, development and protection. These standards are set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by Canada in 1991. The provision and protection of children’s Convention rights is the primary duty of governments at all levels. Realizing the promise of the Convention is an ongoing, progressive commitment. The Convention is a useful framework to advance the well-being of children because it provides a comprehensive view of the interdependent conditions to scaffold child well-being, it makes clear what children are entitled to, it distinguishes the roles and responsibilities of different actors , and it articulates the principles that should guide all actions for children. Using the Convention to develop policies, laws, programs, services, administrative procedures and other decisions and actions leads to better outcomes for children.
Posted by Jodie Kehl at 3:38 pm