The Rights Of The Child

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Children’s Charter of Developmental Rights

The movement believes that ‘Flourishing is our Human Birthright’ and that young children have the human right to not have their natural biological development and innate learning dispositions eroded by adult created systems. We call on all leaders and decision-makers to embrace the need for right relationship, for the positive transformation of current systems and for the active protection of the generations yet to come. 

Awareness 
Children have the right to live in societies where policy-makers ensure
that they are fully informed about the evidence supporting healthy
human learning and development and take action to protect
children’s rights and freedoms based on this awareness.

Health and Wellbeing
National and local decision and policy-makers have the duty to seek
to provide environments that maximize children’s physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual wellbeing. In doing so they should recognize
the vital importance of relationships, the primary importance of
parents, families and local communities and the intrinsic human need
for belonging and contribution.

Learning and Development
Children have the right to be protected from any system that
might inhibit their innate curiosity, creativity and love of learning.
National and local decision and policy-makers have the duty to
seek to provide environments that maximize children’s innate capacities
and learning potential. They should do so in ways that affirm to every
child the value and importance of diversity and that nurture positive
and self-affirming values, dispositions and mindsets.

Adult Wellbeing
Adult wellbeing is essential for child wellbeing. Adults have the
right to expect the cultural and social systems within which they live
to acknowledge this and to respond in ways that seek to support their
own learning and self development. Children need the company of
loving, responsive and attentive adults and have the right to be
protected from any relationships that are uninformed or harmful
to their health and wellbeing.
 
Pre-Birth
Every child has the right to expect to be protected from anything that
might be detrimental to his or her healthy growth pre-birth. Local
and national decision and policy-makers have a duty to ensure that
parents are fully informed about the issues that might negatively
impact on the development of their babies.

Birth
Children have the right to be welcomed into the world in as gentle,
loving and caring ways as possible with mothers and babies having
the right to be protected from all care that might compromise their
healthy, natural perinatal and birth experiences.

Engagement & encouragement 
Children have the right to be in the company of informed and
encouraging adults who help to enhance the ways in which they can
relate to and understand the world. Local and national decision and
policy-makers have a duty to ensure that external systems of
monitoring, assessment and accountability never compromise or
undermine children’s natural curiosity and love of learning.

Physical Activity
Children have the right to be provided with environments that
enable them to develop all of their senses and physical capacities.

Body Image
Children have a right to be protected from negative media and
commercial influences that might undermine their self-worth.

Play 
Children have the right be provided with the time and space to
explore their environments in unstructured ways that nurture
their creativity, independence, self-confidence, self-expression,
co-operation and emotional resilience.

Risk-Taking 
Children have the right to learn from challenge, to experience
failure as learning and to become confident and adventurous explorers
of the environment. Safety concerns therefore need to therefore be
balanced with the child’s need to experiment and grow.

Wonder and awe 
Children have the right to maintain a deep connection with
the natural world that helps them feel part of something greater
than themselves and that fosters compassion and empathy. They need to
learn with and from nature and not just about it.

Stewardship 
Children have the right to be protected from systems that
endanger their own future. They need to learn about plants, animals
and ecosystems so that they understand the importance of balance
and sustainability and can grow up as stewards 
of the environment.