Children

“In all actions concerning children, … the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration.”

~Article 3, UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The fifty-four articles in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC, 1989) constitute the broadest set of international human rights standards ever developed for children. It provides not only for the protection of children and the provision of the essentials for their survival and full development, but also for children’s participation in their culture and community. The CRC is the culmination of a concept of  “children’s rights” that emerged in the nineteenth century when social reformers began advocating protection for children in the workplace.


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