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Your rights – did you know?

Your rights don’t mean that nothing bad will ever happen to you – but they mean that you should always be treated properly. The Children’s Legal Centre for Wales wants to make sure that every child in Wales knows what his or her rights are and that there are laws in place to protect their rights. If you think you don’t have rights, think again. Wales was the first country in the UK to agree that children’s rights should be at the heart of everything – and ALL children in Wales have these rights.

Girls Under Pressure – Jacqueline Wilson

Content warning: eating disorders Author Jacqueline Wilson’s books are well-known for tackling difficult subjects, are Girls Under Pressure is certainly no different. It’s written from the perspective of Ellie, a teenage girl who is struggling deeply with the way she...

‘What’s wrong with children’s rights?’

What a privilege it was to listen to Lady Hale deliver our Observatory on Human Rights of Children Annual Lecture (online, 10th November). In her 2013 inaugural Annual Lecture for the Observatory she asked the question: Who’s afraid of Children’s Rights? This year the...

Children’s Rights and the International Pandemic Treaty

On November 29th the World Health Assembly will meet to discuss an International Treaty on Pandemics. Drawing on lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic, the treaty (which will be legally binding under international law) will support international efforts to...

Matilda and your right to go to school

Roald Dahl’s Matilda is a book loved by millions, and has been ranked number 30 among all time children’s novels by the School Library Journal! Have you read it? If you haven’t, you may have watched the movie or musical version. Any version is worth the time. It is a...

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and how it teaches us about children’s rights

Have you ever wondered about the secret messages’ authors are trying to convey to us, even in our favourite children’s books? Well, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett focuses on the healing of children’s physical disabilities and mental health by focusing on...

Orange: Your right to good mental health

TW: Suicide, depression Are you interested in an engaging story, with a realistic portrayal of mental health issues? Then you should read Orange! Orange is a Japanese manga, written, and illustrated by Ichigo Takano. The manga, set in Matsumoto, follows the current...

We need a ‘Children’s Rights Approach’ to climate change

Climate change is having a devastating impact on children’s rights. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child says that climate change is the ‘biggest threat to children’s health and exacerbates health disparities’ and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human...

What The Huge Bag of Worries tells us about mental health

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside tells the story of Jenny, a happy girl with a lovely mum and dad, a great brother, a dog named Loftus, best friends and a wonderful teacher at school. But just lately, Jenny has started worrying. She worries about her...

National Adoption Week 2021

National Adoption Week 2021 is taking place between the 18th and 22nd of October of this year. The week hopes to promote a better understanding of adoption through real life stories from many different points of view including adoptees themselves and adoptive parents...

More than just a meal: a holistic approach to poverty and children’s rights

Child poverty levels in Wales are rising. Poverty goes far beyond a lack of food, but one obvious sign it is growing worse is the increase in children who need help from the government and charities in order to access sufficient food to eat. Last year, the Trussell...