Department for Rights and Justice
Article 42 (knowledge of rights) Governments must actively work to make sure children and adults know about the UNCRC.
Article 2 (non-discrimination) The UNCRC applies to every child without discrimination, whatever their ethnicity, sex, religion, language, abilities or any other status, whatever they think or say, whatever their family background.
Article 12 (respect for the views of a child) Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times.
Article 16 (right to privacy) Every child has the right to privacy. The law should protect the child's private, family and home life, including protecting children from unlawful attacks that harm their reputation.
Article 28 (right to education) Every child has the right to education. Primary education must be free and different forms of secondary education must be available to every child. Discipline in schools must respect children's dignity and their rights. Richer countries must help poorer countries to achieve this.
Article 13 (freedom of expression) Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it's within the law.
Article 14 (freedom of thought, belief and religion) Every child has the right to think and believe what they choose and also practice their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights. Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents to guide their child as they grow up.
Young Leaders and Little Leaders within the Department for Rights and Justice have an incredibly important role within school. They are responsible for working collaboratively to raise awareness, teach and instil UNCRC. This department also significantly contributes to the vision and shaping of Gorsefield's restorative behaviour system. The Department of Environment consists of representatives from Early Years and Key Stage One (Little Leaders) and representatives from KS2 (Young Leaders). The Department for Rights and Justice also has a department lead who support, guide, approve and help implement decisions made within the department. The Department for Rights and Justice lead is Miss Platt.
The Department for Rights and Justice meet at least once per team (usually more!) and a member of the department takes minutes and records what the team are working on, the actions towards this and any next steps.
The Department for Rights and Justice are current working on:
- A child-friendly version of Gorsefield Primary School's behaviour policy
If you would like to join the Department for Rights and Justice as a Young or Little Leader, please complete the application form below and hand it in to your class teacher. Mrs Onyekaba and the Department Leads will read your application form and write back to you with an out outcome.