This unit begins by introducing the concepts of childhood and child development, followed by an exploration of children’s universal needs and potentials. Needs are then related to the international standards outlined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (adopted by UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, and entered into force on 2 September 1990. To view the Convention in its entirety, visit: Child Rights Information Network). The unit explores why these rights are important in promoting the optimal health and development of all children in all societies, together with the important roles that adults, families, communities, institutions governments and children themselves play in protecting and supporting the fulfillment of those rights.Key
On completion of this unit the learner should be able to understand:
The concepts of childhood and child development
The needs of children
The relationship between a child’s needs and his/her rights
The important roles adults, families, communities, institutions, governments, and child health professionals play in protecting and supporting the fulfillment of children’s rights.