A Children’s Rights Approach to Additional Learning Needs

Download The Right Way: a children’s human rights approach to Additional Learning Needs

A children’s human rights approach is a principled and practical framework. This guide sets out how local authorities and health boards can fulfil duties of due regard to children’s human rights under the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Act 2018.

Who is this framework for?

This framework will support local authorities and health bodies (Local Health Boards and NHS Trusts) to develop a children’s human rights approach to their duties under the Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal Act 2018.

In addition, all professionals delivering services for children with Additional Learning Needs can adopt this approach. This will ensure the human rights of children with Additional Learning Needs are supported through the services they receive.

Making Decisions Together: accessible participation toolkit

We have developed an adult guided step-by-step accessible participation toolkit. This sets out how to support a group of children and young people to take part in decision making about how to make a service better. This is an accessible toolkit, designed to be used with all children, including those with additional learning needs.

Children’s Rights Impact Assessment Tool 

A children’s rights impact assessment is a tool to support decision makers to consider the human rights impact of different options, and helps make sure children’s rights inform decision making.

Children’s Rights Participation Guide for Professionals 

This guide supports professionals to understand different participation models, and the theory behind good participation.

Case Studies

We welcome any new case studies that illustrate how you have used this guidance or resources to ensure children’s human rights in your provision for additional learning needs.

Case Study: Cardiff Local Authority Education Inclusion Service

Case study: Swansea Partnership and Involvement Team and Ysgol Pen y Bryn