The UN Convention of the rights of the child 1989 and was ratified by the UK in 1991. The articles which are especially important for schools are Article 2 – Children have the right to protection from any form of discrimination Article3 – the best interest of the child are primary consideration Article 12 – Children are entitled to express their views, which should be given consideration in keeping with the child’s age and maturity. Article 13 – Children have the right to receive and share information as long as that information is not damaging to others. Article 14 – Children have the right to freedom of religion although they should also be free to examine beliefs Article 28 – all children have an equal right to education Article 29 – Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. They should also learn to live peacefully and respect the environment and other people
Children Act 2004 & 2006
In conjunction with Every Child Matters Scheme, and was updated in 2006 this act was introduced so that all relevant agencies, i.e., schools, DFES, OFSTEAD, social services and local authorities worked together to ensure overall child safety and wellbeing, and also give support to families. After school and breakfast clubs have also been an outcome from this act and every child matters scheme.
Under sec 175 of the Education Act 2002 promoting the welfare of children, by preventing the impairment of children’s health or development, protecting children from maltreatment, ensure children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care