Article 5 (parental guidance and a child’s evolving capacities)

Governments must respect the rights and responsibilities of parents and carers to provide guidance and direction to their child as they grow up, so that they fully enjoy their rights. This must be done in a way that recognises the child’s increasing capacity to make their own choices.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) makes three direct references to parental responsibility (articles 5, 18 and 27). Parents/carers should always consider what is best for children and governments should help parents/carers do this by providing support. The UNCRC is 30 years old and to mark this, David Beckham looks back over his life and mentions how his parents helped him on his journey by supporting him.

David Beckham UNICEF video https://youtu.be/jBY-hO-ubV8


Article 23 (children with a disability)

A child with a disability has the right to live a full and decent life with dignity and, as far as possible, independence and to play an active part in the community. Governments must do all they can to support disabled children and their families.

Last week the news reported on a horse and ‘chariot’ taking wheelchair users onto the beach at St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. This type of action is allowing disabled children to live a full life with dignity and helps makes progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 10 ‘Reduced Inequalities’. There is a similar project at Balmedie Beach where you can hire a specially-designed all-terrain wheelchair from the Sand Bothy Café.

Unfortunately, a month ago, the bunker used by the group who provide this (Balmedie Beach Wheelchairs) was vandalised. This type of behaviour wastes money which could be spent on more equipment or facilities. Thankfully this hasn’t stopped the group and if you

want to book one of the all-terrain wheelchairs call 07864 350989. You can also help by volunteering with the group and this will allow even more people to benefit from the wheelchairs.

There are other groups who help achieve article 23 in Aberdeenshire such as Grampian Disability Sport who are launching a new Powerchair Football Club, Enable, Archway and Charlie House’s monthly activities club. For more information on these groups please use the links below.

UNCRC Article 23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_w6oixkvg-A

St Cyrus Beach https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-48036516

Balmedie Beach www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeenshire/1530948/balmedie-beach-takes-delivery-of-special-all-terrain-wheelchair/amp/

Vandalism of Balmedie Beach Wheelchair’s bunker www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/outrage-after-beach-bunker-used-by-north-east-wheelchair-group-vandalised/amp/ www.balmediebeachwheelchairs.co.uk








Article 12 (respect for the views of the child)

Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously. This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.

The climate protests in London have been making the news recently and this has sometimes been reporting negative actions (e.g. more than 950 people arrested) instead of the issue of climate change. 16 year old Greta Thunberg has once again shown how a young person can use their voice to have their views taken seriously. This term the S1 pupils at Bridge of Don Academy are taking part in the Miniature Earth Learning Project and this allows them an opportunity to express their views and for adults to take them seriously. Let’s hope they too can articulate themselves as well as Greta and can take positive action in issues they feel strongly about.

Greta Thunberg addressing Extinction Rebellion protesters: Full speech (2 mins, 34 secs) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-48008183/greta-thunberg-teen-activist-says-humanity-at-a-crossroads

Short clip (37 secs) https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48003955