Unicef UK’s seven principles of a child rights-based approach form the foundation of a guiding framework for putting rights into practice within public services. This approach, and its accompanying seven principles, has been developed by Unicef UK and is being piloted in a select number of local authorities in the UK. Each principle is significant and valuable in and of itself but only together do the seven principles create a child rights framework.

Definition of Unicef UK's seven principles

  • Dignity: each child is a unique person with intrinsic worth and should be respected and valued in all circumstances.
  • Best interests of the child: determining and doing what is best for a child, with that child, at that time and in that situation.
  • Non-discrimination: each child is treated fairly and protected from discrimination.
  • Life, survival and development: each child is able to develop, thrive, achieve and flourish.
  • Participation: each child is heard in matters affecting them and participates in the lives of their family, community and wider society.
  • Interdependence and indivisibility: each child enjoys all rights enshrined in the convention, whatever the circumstances.
  • Transparency and accountability: dependable, open and accountable relationships and dialogue between local government, communities, families and children and young people is essential in the collective goal of securing children’s rights.

Read our definition of a child rights-based approach and its potential impact on children, young people and their families.

Infographic of Unicef UK's seven principles of a child rights-based approach

 
Unicef UK's 7 principles of a child rights-based approach © Unicef UK/14/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Unicef UK's seven principles of a child rights-based approach are: dignity, best interests, non-discrimination, life, survival & development, participation, interdependence & indivisibility and transparency & accountability.© Unicef UK/14/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert