About Child Rights Partners
Child Rights Partners brings together Unicef UK and local government to put children’s rights at the heart of public services and ensure all children have the same opportunity to flourish.
The programme, launched as a three-year pilot in November 2013, is a partnership between Unicef UK and a small number of UK local authorities. With our partners, we are working to embed children’s rights in local authorities’ policy and practice. Our aim is to profoundly change how children’s services are planned and delivered in the UK so that all children and young people experience services that are adaptable, connected and empowering. Together with our partners, we are focusing on services aimed at some of society's most vulnerable children and young people, including young people affected by drug or alcohol problems and children in care or leaving care.
Our work is grounded in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC or CRC). We believe the Convention stands as a unifying mandate for children’s professionals and provides a framework that will ensure all children and young people feel safe and nurtured, are treated with dignity and respect, and are listened to.
“Young people have a key role to play in shaping the communities we live in. (...) For us to do that, we need the active support of the adults in our lives – those we see every day and those who we may not but are making decisions that affect us." 17-year-old Tanvir, speaking at the launch of Tower Hamlets' charter of child rights in 2014
Our UK programmes
Child Rights Partners is one of the programmes Unicef delivers in the UK, alongside the Rights Respecting Schools Award and the Baby Friendly Initiative. While Child Rights Partners has developed its own innovative model and approach, the programme derives from Unicef’s global Child Friendly Cities initiative, which supports local governments across the world to include children’s rights in their planning, policies and programmes.