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Thinking about child rights

What would life be like for children and youth if child rights did not exist in Canada and around the world?

What would life be like for children and youth if women’s rights or human rights did not exist?


Children deserve the chance to be heard because:
  • they bring fresh and different perspectives to solving problems
  • we can’t determine what’s in their best interest without them
  • they feel good when they are heard, which contributes to identity development, self-esteem, and a sense of empowerment
  • it’s their lives we are making decisions about!
The Right to be Heard: Article 12
  • A child who can form their views has the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child
  • The child’s views shall be given due weight based on the age of the child and the maturity of the child
  • The child shall be given the opportunity to be heard in any judicial or administrative proceedings affecting the child
  • The child’s right to be heard may be exercised directly (i.e. by the child) and through a representative or appropriate body
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