Rights Respecting School Award






A rights-respecting school not only teaches about children’s rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships: between teachers and adults and pupils, between adults and between pupils.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the basis of all Unicef’s work and its principles lie at the heart of the Rights Respecting Schools Award.

The CRC sets out the human rights of every person under the age of 18 and is the most complete statement on children’s rights treaty in history. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989 and is the most widely adopted international human rights treaty in history.  The UK ratified the CRC in 1991.

The Convention has 54 articles that cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. It also explains how adults and governments must work together to make sure all children can enjoy all their rights.
Every child has rights, whatever their ethnicity, gender, religion, language, abilities or any other status.


We have an article of the charter linked to each month of the year 

January - Article 13 - 

You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or any other way, unless it harms or offends others

February - Article 30 - 

You have a right to practice your own culture, language and religion


March - Article 23 - 

You have the right to special education and care if you have a disability, as well as all the rights in the Convention so that you can live a full life

April - Article 42 - 

You have the right to know your rights!  Adults should know about these rights and help you learn about them too

May - Article 28 - 

You have the right to a good education.  You should be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.

June - Article 24 - 

You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment and information to help you stay well

July - Article 34 - 

You have the right to be free from sexual abuse.

August - Article 31 - 

You have the right to play and rest 

September - Article 12 - 

You have the right to give your opinion and for adults to listen and take it seriously 

October - Article 26 - 

You have the right to help from the government if you are poor, or in need


Article 30 

30. Minority culture, language and religion

Children have the right to use their own language, culture and religion - even if these are not shared by most people in the country where they live.


November - Article 35 - Article 36 - 

No one is allowed to kidnap or sell you


You have the right to protection from any kind of exploitation

December - Article 14 - 

You have the right to choose your own religion and beliefs.