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Rights Respecting Schools

At Riverbank, we are working with UNICEF to achieve out Rights Respecting Schools awards. 

We are so pleased to announce we have been awarded our Bronze Rights Respecting Schools award! We have been busy teaching the children about their rights and ensuring this is championed across the school. Some of the exciting things we have been working on are as follows:

 

  • Pupil questionnaires sent out to audit current understanding around pupils rights -  31 pupils took part. Symbols and communication aids where used to help the pupils understand the questions and enable non-verbal pupils to participate which gave a fair reflection from the school. Staff questionnaires have also been sent out to adult current understanding around the rights of the child. It was noticeable that a 77% of pupils said that they learn about their rights at school. 23% pf pupils have been talking to their parents about UNICEF and RRSA since we started the process which was encouraging.
  • The creation of new assembly rota promoting RRSA has been a key priority. The rota includes a ‘Right of the Month’ alongside this an emphasis on school values that link with the rights, delivered appropriately to suit the ALN needs of the pupils. These are delivered weekly by staff and pupils alike! 
  • Creation of new RRSA display in school foyer and information around the school to educate our visitors, guests and families around the rights of the child
  • Creation of a pupil voice policy

 

We are now currently busy preparing for our Silver Award through liaison with our UNICEF representative! 

    About UNICEF:

    UNICEF works for children around the world

     

    UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, works to build a better world for every child, every day, everywhere. UNICEF provides more children with clean water, life-saving food and vaccines, education and protection from violence than any other humanitarian organisation.

     

    UNICEF works with families, local communities, organisations and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child realise their full potential. In everything they do, the most vulnerable children and those in greatest need have priority.

     

    UNICEF is never neutral when it comes to protecting children’s rights and safeguarding their lives and futures.

     

    UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, reaching the furthest from help, the most disadvantaged and the most at risk. UNICEF saves children’s lives with vaccines, clean water and therapeutic food. UNICEF protects children from violence, exploitation and abuse. And UNICEF helps children fulfil their potential, by supporting quality education and training. UNICEF works for every child, to build a better world for everyone.

     

    UNICEF in the UK

     

    The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is a UK registered charity that raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work around the world and advocates for lasting change for children worldwide. This includes, for example, working to change UK Government policies and practices that are harmful to child rights in the UK and internationally. UNICEF UK is one of 33 UNICEF national charitable organisations based in industrialised countries.

    In the UK, UNICEF UK works with the hospitals where children are born, the schools where children learn and grow, and the services that shape their lives, to make sure that every child has the same chance to shine.

     

    In 2020, we helped nine out of 10 maternity units across the UK, supporting around 600,000 new babies as they enter the world. Around 1.5 million children go to schools that are becoming Rights Respecting, building an environment where every child is safe, respected and nurtured. And we are working with local governments in all four nations of the UK to help make our cities and communities places where all children, especially the most vulnerable, feel safe, heard, nurtured and able to flourish.

     

    All over the world, including here in the UK, UNICEF promotes and protects the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF works with partners and supporters to:

    1. Advocate for and create change for children
    2. Unlock resources for programmes for children
    3. Promote children’s voices

    There are 54 Articles that set out the Right of the Child and what they are entitled to. These are shown in the image below. At Riverbank, we are focusing on each of these and most recently have focused on: 

     

    • Article 19 Right to be safe ​

    • Article 28 Right to go to school​

    • Article 24 Right to be healthy​

    • Article 31 Right to play and relax

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