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At West Boldon Primary School, we value the rights of our learners and strive to keep them at the heart of our ethos and culture. To support us in doing this, we successfully applied to become a ‘Rights Respecting School’ at Bronze Award level, which is given on behalf of Unicef UK.

Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and young people and their rights. In 1989, governments across the world agreed that all children have the same rights by adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, based on what a child needs to survive, grow, participate and fulfil their potential.  Children at West Boldon Primary will learn about their own rights, the rights of others and how they can be a force for change and equality in both their time at school and in their own futures.

See below for the latest updates on our Rights Respecting Schools Award:


United Nations – Convention on the Rights of the Child

Click the links below to see how we’ve been addressing each of the rights in school so far…

Article 1- Everyone under 18 has all of these rights. 

Article 2- You have the right to protection against discrimination. 

Article 3- All adults must always do what is in your best interests. 

Article 4- The Government should make your rights a reality. 

Article 5- You have the right to be given guidance by your parents and family. 

Article 6-  You have the right to life. 

Article 7- You have the right to a name and nationality. 

Article 8- You have the right to an identity. 

Article 9- You have the right to live with your parents, unless it is bad for you. 

Article 10- You have the right to live in the same country as your parents. 

Article 11- You should not be kidnapped. 

Article 12- You have the right to an opinion and to have it listened to and taken seriously. 

Article 13- You have the right to find out things and say what you think, unless it breaks the rights of others. 

Article 14- You have the right to think what you like and to choose your own religion. 

Article 15- You have the right to be with friends and set up or join clubs, unless it breaks the rights of others.

Article 16- You have the right to a private life.  

Article 17- You have the right to collect information from the media and to be protected from information that may harm you. 

Article 18- You have the right to be brought up by your parents. 

Article 19- You have the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated. 

Article 20- You have the right to special protection and help if you can’t stay with your parents. 

Article 21- You have the right to the best care for you if you are adopted or living in foster care. 

Article 22- You have the right to special protection and care if you are a refugee. 

Article 23- If you are disabled, you have the right to special care and education to help you develop and lead a full life. 

Article 24- You have the right to the best health possible and to access medical care and information to help you stay healthy. 

Article 25- You have the right to have your living arrangements checked if you have to be looked after away from home. 

Article 26- You have the right to help from the Government if you are poor or in need. 

Article 27- You have the right to a good enough standard of living, e.g. food, clothes and a place to live. 

Article 28- You have the right to education. 

Article 29- You have the right to education that helps to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible and to respect the rights of others and respect the environment. 

Article 30- If you come from a minority group because of your race, religion or language, you have the right to enjoy your own culture, practise your own language and follow your own religion. 

Article 31- You have the right to play and relax by doing things such as sports, music or drama.

Article 32- You have the right to protection from work that is bad for your health or education.  

Article 33- You have the right to be protected from dangerous drugs.

Article 34- You have the right to be protected from sexual abuse. 

Article 35- No-one is allowed to kidnap you or sell you. 

Article 36- You have the right to protection from any other types of exploitation. 

Article 37- You have the right not to be punished in a cruel or hurtful way. 

Article 38- You have a right to protection in times of war. If you are under 15, you should never have to join an army or take part in a battle. 

Article 39- You have the right to help if you have been hurt, neglected or badly treated. 

Article 40- You have the right to help in defending yourself if you are accused of breaking the law. 

Article 41- You have the right to any rights within laws in your country or internationally that give you better rights than these. 

Article 42- All adults and children should know about this convention.