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Children Have Rights – Why Does that Make Some People Angry?

By Yvette Vignando - 21st November 2012

Just a short post – perhaps nobody will comment. But I want to raise this question anyway.

Australia is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – it’s the most widely ratified convention in the world. Why? I think it’s because the rights in the Convention are the rights that most of us want, and therefore our governments want, for our children. From the UNICEF website:

It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. Every right spelled out in the Convention is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child. The Convention protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services.

But what I have noticed is this: when someone publishes a piece in mainstream media using the term ‘children’s rights’ or something similar, there’s often a stream of angry and defensive comments from adults who flip the argument to questions like “what about the rights of parents?” – usually those comments also express annoyance at the focus on a child’s rights.

There are some very good books available to read about the need to balance children’s rights with other rights in society – a good book on this is What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights? by Martin Guggenheim. However, the CRoC, as it’s affectionately known, is so important for the most vulnerable children in society, that I think we need to get past this defensiveness somehow and focus on the good it can do in Australia, particularly when it comes to making laws and social policies; in Australia the most vulnerable children include Indigenous children, children in out of home care and children with disabilities.

My question is – what are adults scared of? Why does the term “children’s rights” make some adults uncomfortable? I would be so interested to read your views.

P.S. The CRoC turned 23 yesterday - Happy Birthday. And by the way, 10 December is World Human Rights Day - you might be interested in this #WeDidThis forum on Children's Rights being held in Sydney

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