International Children’s Day is a day for supporting and protecting children. It is celebrated each year on 1st June when Charities, Carers and Parents work together to raise money and awareness for children around the world.
Originally established at the 1925 World Conference, the League of Nations agreed a Declaration of the Rights of the Child for the well being of children. These were a set of rules that all countries were to follow to give children the best chances in life. There were originally 5 rules, or principles, until a new version was adopted in 1989 and this version is still used by the United Nations today. The 1989 Convention defined a child as “any human being below the age of eighteen years”. These Children’s rights include a right to association with both parents as well as the basic needs of physical protection, food, universal state-paid education, health care, and criminal laws appropriate for the age and development of the child. It also champions equal protection of the child’s civil rights and freedom from discrimination on the basis of the child’s race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability or other characteristics. Interpretations of children’s rights range from allowing children the capacity for autonomous action to the enforcement of children being physically, mentally and emotionally free from abuse. Other definitions include the rights to care and nurturing.
As an organisation whose focus is the outcomes that matter most to children and young people, here At The Acorns we whole-heartedly support this day which is why we wanted to raise awareness of it on our website.