Anglicare launches children’s charter
AN organisation that works with some of the community’s most vulnerable children has released the Charter of Children’s Rights.
Anglicare WA based the charter on the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child to provide children with a plain language and illustrated guide to their rights and entitlements.
Children’s consultant Tunya Petridis said the purpose of developing the charter poster and accompanying resources was to make Anglicare WA a safer organisation for children.
One of the recommendations for becoming a Child Safe Organisation is to make an explicit, public and visible commitment to the rights of children,” she said.
“The poster reflects our commitment to child safety and encourages children to come forward and speak with staff if they have safety concerns.”
Ms Petridis said Anglicare worked with some of the most vulnerable children in the community through a number of its services.
“Children who have experienced trauma and abuse – domestic violence, sexual abuse, neglect – we also provide foster care for children and young people,” she said.
“This charter is a reminder that children are people, too, and any breaches of these rights will be taken very seriously. It’s important that we make the time to listen to children, take seriously what they have to say and then take action in response.”
To accompany the charter, Anglicare WA published a range of child-friendly resources.
The resources include a video that asks children about their rights, a poster and a children’s book titled You Have the Right to…
The poster and book explain the charter through illustrations of WA animals.