Although all children are born equal, they don’t all have the same opportunities to thrive. In Halton, Our Kids Network is committed to creating awareness of the fundamental rights of children and the importance of giving them a voice in matters that affect them.
Advancing Children`s Rights
The United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC) was adopted by the General Assembly of the UN in 1989 and ratified by Canada in 1991. It has now been accepted by 193 countries. The Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention.
In 2009, in partnership with school boards and child care centres, OKN collected more than 200 pages of children’s writing and drawings in response to the statement, “Every child has the right to…” The responses were then grouped under the Halton 7 key conditions of well-being.
The Canadian Children’s Rights Council states that “Listening to children and respecting their views promotes tolerance and leads to decisions made in the child's best interest”. We know children are empowered when they are given a chance to participate in the discussion. The visual and written statements provided by Halton children and youth are one way of giving them a voice.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in child-friendly language
National Child Day in Canada
A New Kind of Parenting
'A New Kind of Parenting: Raising Kids Ages 10 to 16' booklet shares research on adolescent development and addresses common concerns identified by parents and caregivers of preteens and teens.
OKN is one of the leading community networks in creating knowledge and resources to improve service planning for children, youth and families.