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SCY bases our work in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) because it reflects a well-researched global consensus on what childhood should be. It outlines the minimum standards for the healthy development of children and youth.


The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted unanimously by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1989. It is the most widely ratified Convention in the world, having been signed by all but two countries. Canada played a leading role in its development and ratified the Convention in 1991. By ratifying the UNCRC, Canada expressed its willingness to be bound by the principles of the UNCRC.


The UNCRC is comprehensive enough to guide:​​​​​​​​​​
• Governments as they create laws and policies that affect children,
• Parents, caregivers, and family as they raise their children and advocate on their behalf, and
• Service providers, communities and organizations as they endeavour to create whollistic supports for children, helping them reach their full potential.


This is a video narrated by a child from Ireland. It outlines the basic rights every child is guaranteed.




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