Four-year plan for children’s rights unveiled
THE Children’s Commissioner has unveiled a plan detailing her strategy over the next four years designed to ensure children’s rights are promoted across the Island.
It comes around a month after the role, currently held by Deborah McMillan, was officially enshrined into law.
Mrs McMillan was appointed as the first Children’s Commissioner in Jersey following a recommendation made in the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry report.
According to the plan, Mrs McMillan aims to support children to help them find out about their rights, to listen to children to find out what the important issues are, to be there to advise children and to ensure the government and other organisations involved with children keep their promises to young people.
It added that it was also essential that the Children’s Commissioner spoke up for children on important issues.
In the report, Mrs McMillan said: ‘To ensure we prioritise the issues of greatest importance to children and young people across Jersey, we undertook a full-scale consultation involving them and the adults who work with them, to find out what my priorities should be,’ Mrs McMillan said.
‘The findings showed most children and young people did not know their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This was ratified in the Island in 2014.
‘It is important that our first four-year plan lays the foundation for developing and embedding a culture of their rights, and this is reflected in our aims. These aims will let us put in place the building blocks to make long-lasting change and to make life better for our children and young people.’
The plan also said that the Children’s Commissioner will work with her own Youth Advisory Panel, to ensure that they are meeting their aims and give them advice.
A report will also be published each year which will then be given to States Members.