Rights Respecting Schools
Riverbank is championing children's rights through UNICEF's Rights of the Child. There are 54 articles, and they are embedded within the ethos of the school. We use child friendly articles in every classroom and our Rights Respecting Mascot is Riverbank Ralph.
Being a Rights Respecting School not only empowers our pupils, but also leads to enhanced learning, improving standards and better relationships.
Unicef (2019) state ‘The award improves the lives of children in the UK by taking a whole school approach to putting children’s rights at the heart of school policy and practice.’
In a recent 2018 survey, results showed that child rights play a key role in developing children and young people as active, engaged local and global citizens. Children in Rights Respecting School feel safe in school, respected by and enjoy supportive relationships with the adults who care for them and engage with the local community, their education and the global agenda.
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. We are now currently busy preparing for our Silver Award through liaison with our UNICEF representative!
Pupils in Riverbank School Council have got together to create their very own Anti-Bullying Policy. It can be seen below:
Examples of some of the work we have done is shown below:
Our School Charter:
Learning to be a global citizen:
Riverbank Ralph- our Rights Respecting Bear!!
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.
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:
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