Children’s rights

Image: A young boy working in a shipyard outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh by Zoriah on Flickr

We have selected these resources to support you when you need information relating to children’s rights, child labour, child poverty, children’s working conditions, civil wars and child soldiers. Also discover what children’s rights are with UNICEF and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. SCIS 1698170

Amnesty International
Under international law, when children who are under 15 years old, are recruited or used in armed conflict  it is a war crime. Currently, children’s rights are not protected in civil wars happening in the world. Take the time to explore the reports, video and features, issues and work of Amnesty International.

Suggested level: junior secondary

Children’s rights
This site contains lesson plans and videos that explore the differences between needs, wants and children’s rights. Activities include debating issues, persuasive writing and supporting children’s rights through international law.

Suggested level: primary

Child Soldiers International
Child Soldiers International are working to stop all children under 18 years old becoming involved in any form of military recruitment or armed conflict, and any abuses relating to war and conflict. They work to influence and create global change in law and education.

Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary

The Convention on the Rights of the Child
Since 1989, the Convention has changed the way children are treated. UNICEF is committed to protecting children and their rights, and improving their health and development. Videos show children talking about the importance of rights in their lives.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

International Labour Organisation
This site looks at what is child labour and what are the worst forms of this type of labour? What are the related issues and what can The International Labour Organisation (ILO) do about it? The ILO is a specialised agency of the United Nations and was founded in 1919.

Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers, use the search terms: ‘child rights’, ‘child labour’ or ‘child poverty’.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary

Working children and youth rates in New Zealand
In the 19th century, children could work for a wage, from 12 years old. Children’s working conditions improved after the Factories Act 1891. Comparisons are made to 21st century working young people.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary

Encyclopedia Britannica Online provides comprehensive information on these search terms: children’s rights, child labour and child poverty at junior and more advanced levels. A school log-on and password is required.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, junior secondary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Boys without names, by  Kashmira Sheth, 2011 (junior fiction)
The sweep’s boy, by Jim Eldridge, 2010  (junior fiction)

What are a child’s rights? UNICEF Australia. Youtube.3:04