The Right Way: A Children’s Rights Approach in Wales is a framework for working with children, grounded in the UNCRC to help public bodies integrate children’s rights into every aspect of decision-making, policy and practice.
Created with expert advice from the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People, it encourages public services across the country to commit to the UNCRC and to improve how they plan and deliver their services.
Children’s Rights Impact Assessment (CRIA)
Welsh Government use Children Right’s Impact Assessments (CRIA) to evidence how they have had regard to children’s rights in their decision making. Although not all public bodies are required to use CRIA, they can be a useful tool to prompt decision makers to stop and think about the implications of their plans and how to ensure they have the most positive impact possible on children and young people. In fact, some local authority staff asked us for a template CRIA document that they could use, so we have responded by producing this document that is free to use for anyone working in any type of organisation.
The document is designed to prompt your thinking on each of the five key principles of our Children’s Rights Approach and we’ve left space for you to note down your thinking but it does not have to be completed in full.
We piloted the document before it was published but we always welcome any feedback on how it has been used and whether there is anything we could change or update to make it user friendly. Click here to share your feedback with us.
Simple Self-Assessment Tool
This self-assessment tool helps professionals and organisations to improve how they work with young people, including:
- linking your strategic plan to children’s rights
- providing information to children in accessible language
- giving children opportunities to make changes and influence your organisation’s work
- being accountable to children and young people
Why is it important?
All public bodies have a legal duty to contribute toward the realisation of children’s rights.
A Children’s Rights Approach is consistent with these duties, and will help public bodies to meet their statutory duties.
We want to see a Wales which recognises children and young people as active citizens with an important contribution to make in their communities and nation; we’re certain that this guide will help public bodies to give children and young people the opportunities to do that.
A Children’s Rights Approach
The principles of a Children’s Rights Approach are:
- Embedding children’s rights – putting children’s rights at the core of planning and service delivery.
- Equality and non-discrimination – ensuring that every child has an equal opportunity to be the best they can be.
- Empowering children – enhancing children’s capabilities as individuals so they’re better able to take advantage of rights, and engage with and hold accountable the institutions and individuals that affect their lives.
- Participation – listening to children and taking their views meaningfully into account.
- Accountability – authorities should be accountable to children for decisions and actions that affect their lives.
A Children’s Rights Approach means that:
- Organisations will prioritise children’s rights in their work with children and families to improve children’s lives
- All children are given the opportunities to make the most of their talents and potential
- All children are given access to information and resources to enable them to take full advantage of their rights
- Children are provided meaningful opportunities to influence decisions about their lives
- Authorities and individuals are accountable to children for decisions, and for outcomes that affect children’s lives
Why should I use this framework?
Investing in children’s rights has real benefits for organisations:
- It will help public bodies to meet their statutory duties
- It contributes to enabling more children and young people to be better involved in public services; leading to better decision making.
- It ensures there’s a real focus on the particular needs of children whose voices can be lost or silenced.
- It helps to create an environment where public services are accountable to all of its service users.