Children’s rights are a practical part of a child’s everyday experiences. UNICEF Australia supports communities to protect the rights of children and how they experience their rights in their daily lives.
UNICEF supports initiatives in the community in order to protect the rights of children, such as the UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative, and the Baby Friendly Health Initiative, as well as through our work with schools.
Read the Listen to Children report for more information on Australian children's access to their rights.
Child Friendly Cities Initiative
Local councils have a direct ability to impact the lives of children in their community. Most importantly, councils can actively foster community awareness and culture that recognises children and young people as equal citizens with rights, voices and important contributions to make. The Child Friendly City Initiative supports and recognises local councils which are working towards strengthening and promoting the rights of children.
UNICEF encourages child friendly cities to pay particular consideration to how the most vulnerable groups of children in their communities experience their rights, including, but not limited to:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- Children in out-of-home care
- Children from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds
- Children experiencing poverty and homelessness
- Children with disabilities
UNICEF Australia is currently piloting Child Friendly Cities Initiative in Australia, in partnership with the South Australian Department for Education and Child Development, to develop a best practice model.
Baby Friendly Health Initiative
UNICEF believes breastfeeding provides babies with the best start to life, and provides all the nutrients they need for their first six months of life. Research shows that babies who are fed in this way are therefore less likely to suffer a range of serious illnesses during infancy and childhood.
The Baby Friendly Health Initiative promotes and protects breastfeeding, as well as best practice care for mothers and babies, around the world, through community and maternity facilities. In Australia, UNICEF supports the Australian College of Midwives
to manage and implement the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI).
Working with schools
UNICEF also works with children and young people in schools. We undertake consultations with students in schools to ensure that our work is informed by the voices of children and young people themselves. Schools also have the opportunity to take action for UNICEF through raising funds and awareness of our work with children around the world. We also have resources which have been developed for teachers to use in classrooms.
To use any of UNICEF's teaching resources, visit http://teachunicef.org/
Sign up to regular updates to keep informed about events, school-based workshops & campaigns, new child rights educational resources and opportunities for young people to participate in consultations or join UNICEF Australia in our advocacy work by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.