20 Nov 23
Today is World Children’s Day, UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. We’re proud to support their campaign to raise awareness of children’s rights and allow children the space they need to share their views on issues that matter to them.
World Children’s Day marks the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), an agreement signed by most countries to protect children’s rights. This includes the right to be listened to and taken seriously (Article 12).
At Coram Voice, we believe children who are in care, leaving care, or have or need a social worker should be listened to and included in important decisions.
Speaking about World Children’s Day, Brigid Robinson, Managing Director of Coram Voice, said; “World Children’s Day is an important reminder of the need to amplify children’s voices and support them when their rights are not upheld. We hope more organisations join us to empower children to know their rights and have a say in the decisions that matter to them – both individually and collectively.”
Coram Voice’s services include:
- Supporting individual children to have a say in their care through community and visiting advocacy
- Specialist advocacy for young people who find themselves homeless, have disabilities and are care leavers
- A National Voice the ‘National Children in Care Council’ which gives care experienced children and young people a voice to improve the care system
- Bright Spots a programme supporting local authorities to understand how children in care and care leavers feel about the things that are important to them.
Support is available from our Advocacy Helpline by freephone, WhatsApp, text message or email for children and young people in care, leaving care or needing help from Children’s Services.
World Children’s Day 2022 was marked across the globe. It saw children and young people joined by stars, including UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham, to call for a more equal, inclusive world.