When you’re young, it might feel sometimes as if you don’t get a say on the things that matter to you.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights you have and the government in the UK has to make sure that the Convention is followed and these rights are available to you.
The government now wants to ask you about these rights so they can report back to the United Nations. Your answers will help influence decision-making on the issues that matter to you. Let’s take a look at the kind of things they want to know.
To be the best you can be, it’s important to be healthy, whether it’s through keeping fit or eating things that are good for you.
The consultation wants to know how healthy you feel and so talks about issues like doing physical exercise, eating healthily, getting as much info as you can about a healthy lifestyle and help if you’re not feeling well. Are you getting looked after? Now’s the time to speak out.
It’s important to feel safe in life. If you feel at risk or in danger, no matter where you are, it can affect you happiness or your performance at school.
The survey asks how safe you feel in your daily life and if anyone’s harmed you in the past year. Is someone making you feel unsafe? Do you feel totally comfortable wherever you are?Make your voice heard.
The best life possible
Having a full and developed life is the key to being a happy and confident person. What we do at school can help shape the person we are.
The questionnaire talks about your education and home life and whether you think they’ve been a help to you as you’ve grown up.
Are you your parents’ top priority? Do you feel comfortable expressing yourself and giving opinions? Do you think you respect and value others? Are you being held back from having fun and chilling out? Now’s your chance to talk about it.
Do they listen?
There’s nothing worse than somebody not taking your opinion into account. The survey asks whether you manage you get your views across when it comes to making decisions.
Does your teacher listen? Can you talk to your doctor? Do your parents take your views into consideration? Speak up and be heard now.
The way you live
Not many of us would turn down the chance to have loads of cash so we could buy and do whatever we want. The reality is, however, that some of us are missing out.
The consultation wants to hear how the amount of money available to your household has affected you. Do you have to stay in all the time? Do you have to miss school trips? Is your wardrobe seriously neglected? Give your view.
You have the right to be treated as an equal, but is somebody not giving you the respect and privacy you deserve?
Whether you’re being looked down on because of your gender, culture, race or religion or not taken seriously because of your age, the consultation wants to hear about it.
Making it better
No place is perfect, but does living in the UK bring you down?
The survey asks what you like about living in Britain and what would change to make it better. Is there something you’d change to improve your life? Head to the survey and get your point across now.
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