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Image of European Union stars surrounding the world and children.The European Union’s Plan for Children’s Rights

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This leaflet talks about a new plan for children’s rights.

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The plan has been written by the European Union.

The European Union is 27 countries that work together.

The European Union is also known as the EU.

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Children’s rights are promises that adults have made so children can have a good life.

Did you know?

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The biggest set of children’s rights promises is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child.

Here are some examples of children’s rights

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  • To be safe.
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  • To play.
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  • To learn.
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  • To have a say.

The plan says that the EU will do the following things.

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  • Teach adults about children’s rights.
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  • Spend money on things that are needed for children to enjoy their rights.
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  • Think about how to make children’s rights happen.

Top six things in the plan

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The plan says that the EU wants to do six things.

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The EU wants to make sure that:

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1. All children have a say.

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2. Children are able to get a good education and get the right help from a doctor or hospital when they need to.

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Families have enough money.

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3. Children are safe.

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4. Children are treated fairly by the police, lawyers and judges.

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5. Children can use computers and phones and be safe.

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6. All children in the world can enjoy their rights.

Did you know?

When making the plan the EU talked to lots of people, including 10,000 children.

This child-friendly version of the EU Strategy on Children’s Rights (The Plan) has been produced in partnership with children themselves. Two groups of children and young people from two schools in Dublin, Ireland, were brought together by the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. They worked together to decide how the key messages of ‘The Plan’ should be explained to children in this booklet.

The European Commision would like to give special thanks to: Bremore Educate Together Secondary School, teachers Kathy and Janice, and students Hamilton, Alex, Stuart, Katie, Joseph, Molly and Niamh; and St Joseph’s Secondary School (Rush), teachers Darren, Judy, Kevin and Louise, and students Ellie, Cohen, Mollie, Joshua, Christopher, Evan, Jake, Kelsie, Monika, Cordelia, Stephen and Oisin.

The accessibility of the document was ensured by the Publications Office of the European Union.

Print ISBN 978-92-76-31001-3 doi:10.2838/792958 DS-03-21-113-EN-C
PDF ISBN 978-92-76-30999-4 doi:10.2838/097198 DS-03-21-113-EN-N
HTML ISBN 978-92-76-31002-0 doi:10.2838/153175 DS-03-21-113-EN-Q

Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2021

© European Union, 2021

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