How Does the CRC Impact Children

A historic event took place on 20 November 1989 when world leaders adopted the CRC in the UN General Assembly. Since its inception more than 24 years ago, the CRC has become the most-widely ratified human rights treaty in history. This is a testament to the common understanding among countries and communities that children have the right to survive and develop;  to be protected from violence, abuse and exploitation; and for their right to participate in their communities.

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How Does the CRC Impact Parents?

The CRC upholds the primary importance of the parental role and refers to it repeatedly throughout the document. It says that governments must respect the responsibility of parents for providing appropriate guidance to their children, including guidance as to how children shall exercise their rights. And it places on governments the responsibility to protect and assist families in fulfilling their essential role as nurturers of children. See: The CRC: Questions Parents Ask and Parents Rights in the CRC (Papers by The Georgetown University Law School)

Questions & Answers

What is the CRC?
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) lays out a comprehensive set of rights for children, and recognizes the essential role and importance of parents and families.

This treaty provides a framework to help governments ensure that children and families have certain rights and protections: children should be free from discrimination; government policies should be based on the best interests of the child; children should survive and develop to their full potential; and, children's views and perspectives are important.

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History of the Universal Child Welfare

The Path to Promoting Universal Child Well-Being

Questions Parents Ask

The Preamble to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) refers to the family as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children. There are abundant references to the family in at last 19 articles of the CRC. A useful way to review the centrality of the family in the CRC is through this analogy provided by Dr. Bob Jacobs:

Imagine a savings account or a trust fund created for a child by a third party but held in trust by the child's parent or guardian. The rational is that the asset belongs to the child and is intended to benefit the child but because the child is not mature enough to direct the account, that job falls to the responsible adult. The parent or guardian is a "fiduciary", a steward of the child's wealth. In a similar fashion, the CRC looks at parents as the stewards of their children's rights.

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