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All our children deserve best possible deal in life

Opinion Piece

Today is the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which is an international agreement that recognises children’s rights. It was agreed to by the United Nations in 1989 and sets principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide. Aotearoa New Zealand became part of the convention in 1993.

The convention is one of the UN’s core human rights agreements and includes civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. It states that: all children have the right to protection from discrimination on any grounds; the best interests of the child should be the primary consideration in all matters affecting the child; children have the right to life, survival and development; all children have the right to an opinion and for that opinion to be heard.

We need to ensure all our children get the best deal in life — sadly that is not happening for some in our community. Let’s all make a concerted effort to let children’s voices be heard, to let them be free from family violence and to work together to improve the wellbeing and life outcomes for children and young people.

Dianne Saunders