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The rights of a child

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Professional Duty to Uphold Children's Rights

As professionals, it's vital to advocate for the rights of all individuals, including children. Even if your role does not entail direct care or support for children or young people, you might encounter them in your professional environment. Hence, understanding their rights is of utmost importance. The Code of Conduct expressly mandates the promotion and safeguarding of the privacy, dignity, rights, health, and well-being of those who use health and social care services, including their carers. Importantly, children or young people can also be carers.

Human Rights Act of 1998

The Human Rights Act of 1998 grants numerous fundamental rights to everyone living in the UK. These rights include the right to life, freedom from torture or degrading treatment, the right to education, the right to liberty and security, and protection from discrimination.

International Standards: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Globally, the UNCRC outlines the fundamental rights that all children under the age of 18 should possess. In the context of Child Protection, these key rights include:

  • The right to life
  • The right to maintain good health
  • The right to not be separated from their parents unless there is a risk of harm
  • The entitlement to protection from drugs, sexual abuse, or any other harm that may hinder their development

Significantly, Article 39 of the UNCRC stipulates that children who have suffered neglect or abuse should receive specialised support, such as counselling, to rehabilitate their self-esteem.

The Importance of Digital Rights for Children

With the rise of digital technology and increasing awareness, the significance of children's digital rights cannot be overstated. These include:

  • The right to access information
  • The right to digital literacy
  • The right to digital safety and protection online

These additional facets emphasise the expanded scope of child protection in the modern age.