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Public Sector

Public sector employees are people who work for the government to deliver any service or product to the public. The UNCRC has 11 articles that directly address the government’s role and responsibility for implementing, complying, and monitoring child rights in Canada.

The main responsibilities the government has to the public is to make sure the UNCRC is widely known to children and adults (Article 42), to report to the UN on its progress in implementing children’s rights on a regular basis, and to comply and monitor child rights in Canada.

The responsibility of implementation is shared by federal and provincial/territorial governments, but most services to children fall under provincial jurisdiction—so it is the provincial government and its contracted agencies that have a primary responsibility.

The UNCRC is relevant to all organizations that affect children directly and indirectly.

5 things you can do as a public sector/government employee

  1. Be familiar with the UNCRC
  2. Review your policy and practices and ensure they comply
  3. Inform clients about children’s rights (directly and through program materials)
  4. Be an advocate for children’s rights—ensure that children are heard and considered when making decisions that affect them, ensure decisions are made in children’s best interests
  5. Support the need for a Child Commissioner

What has the Canadian government done to support children, through the Convention in the last 21 years?

Whose responsibility is it to make sure young people's rights are respected?

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