Article 13 (freedom of expression)

Every child must be free to express their thoughts and opinions and to access all kinds of information, as long as it is within the law.

Pupils may have a lot of free time over the summer holiday and find time to access lots of information and have the opportunity to express themselves. Here is some guidance from the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland about this right and restrictions placed on it:

“people can express themselves in all kinds of different ways, such as:

  • talking out loud
  • posting things on the internet
  • writing things for a book or newspaper.

As other articles of the UNCRC make clear, a child or young person should be able to express themselves regardless of their religion or culture.

Restrictions on freedom of expression

There are some limits to freedom of expression. These aren’t just in place for children and young people— the limits set out in Article 13 are exactly the same as the limits placed on the expression of adults. Some things the right to freedom of expression doesn’t let people do are listed below.

  • People can’t express themselves in a way that would harm the rights or reputations of others. For example, they don’t have the right to reveal private information about someone, or to say things about a person that aren’t true.
  • People can’t express themselves in a way that would threaten the safety of others. For example, they can’t tell people there’s a fire in a crowded building when there isn’t.
  • People can’t express themselves in a way that would hurt members of their community.”



Have a brilliant summer holiday everyone!


Article 31 (leisure, play and culture)

Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural and artistic activities.

On Wednesday 26th June it is the school’s Summer Festival and every pupil in Bridge of Don Academy (including the new S1s) will get the opportunity to take part in a range of activities from the traditional athletics events to bubble football, nerf guns, climbing wall, bungee run and many more. You might even find a new interest which you would like to continue doing into the summer holiday.



Article 22 (refugee children)

If a child is seeking refuge or has refugee status, governments must provide them with appropriate protection and assistance to help them enjoy all the rights in the Convention. Governments must help refugee children who are separated from their parents to be reunited with them.

Refugee Week runs from 17th – 23rd June this year. All around the UK there are events happening to help raise awareness and understanding of refugees. During the week there will be different activities happening at Bridge of Don Academy to take action. The Global Goals Group have planned storytelling and a quiz in the library, and a treasure hunt over the next couple of weeks. Also, refugees might even come up in a lesson that pupils wouldn’t expect!