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In 1989 The Convention of Children's rights was created. This basically means that countries decided what you as a young person or child are entitled to.
This set of rights has changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.
The unprecedented acceptance of the Convention clearly shows a wide global commitment to advancing children’s rights.
“Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do.
All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Almost every country has agreed to these rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important.
Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your rights.
Jersey is the first place in the British Isles to introduce a new smacking ban law. Children now have the same protection in law as adults from assault including:
The new law puts children first and prevents parents, carers or legal guardians using any corporal punishment towards children.
Smacking ban leaflet in different languages
Smacking a child is banned for the following reasons:
Asking for support as a child or young person isn’t always easy, but it is a positive step. There are lots of professionals in Jersey that are there to provide support to children and young people, the following are agencies you can contact if you are in need of support.
Providing support, advice and confidential counselling for age 12 – 25yrs.
Call: 08007350010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have concerns for yourself or for someone you know, please contact the Children and Families Hub who have a skilled and experienced team waiting to offer you support.
Call: 01534 519000
If you are under 19 and would like someone to talk to please contact Childline who are there to listen or offer online counselling support.
Call: 0800 1111
Asking for help is a positive step and there are different agencies and professionals in Jersey where you can seek support.
The Children and Families Hub supports children and families to access the right help at the right time. The hub also responds to any safeguarding concerns you may have for a child or young person.
The Parenting Support team, at the Bridge Child and Family Centre, aims to help parents and carers from the early years to the toddler and teenage years. They work in conjunction with family support workers in primary and secondary schools across the Island delivering the Triple P, Positive Parenting Programme.
Brighter Futures’ focus is to help build stronger families and communities and to ensure that parents and children in Jersey have brighter futures.
Family Nursing and Home Care Health Visitors, School Nurses, Community Nursery Nurses, provide help and support to parents with children up to the age of 19.
The NSPCC Jersey Service Centre is an Island-wide service that provides vital support to local families.
The Children’s (Regulation of Employment) Order governs how and where young people can be employed, whether they are being paid or not. It applies to people under 16 years old.
The law was brought in to help make sure that working children have the correct balance between their work and school life.
It’s about protecting you as a young person and is not intended to make working life difficult for you or your employer.
For more information and details of the law please click on the link below.
Once you turn 16 in Jersey you are counted as an adult in terms of employment law. This means that you have the same rights as any adults in the workplace.
Knowing what you are entitled to, how you should be treated and what the company has to provide is really important as it keeps both you and your employer safe.
If you are unsure about contract types, your pay or anything in-between feel free to drop into The Link and speak to one of our youth advisors. If we can’t help you we will find someone that can.
Jersey also has a dedicated advisory service called JAC’s (Jersey Advisory Conciliation service). They can help advise you on contracts and provide support on changes in the workplace.
To contact JAC’s
Call: 01534 730 503
From the age of 16 years a young person who has lived in Jersey for last 2 years or the last 6 months plus any other period(s) living in Jersey which total five years then, regardless of your nationality, you can vote in elections.
Do you understand how voting works in Jersey?
Go on to the link below and watch the ‘One Day’ play which is a joint venture between Love Theatre and Vote.je aiming to engage and encourage young people to vote.
‘One Day’ Play
To be able to vote at a Public Election you must be registered to vote.
To register you can download the form and hand it into your parish hall.
You can now register online to vote. The online form is simple to do and doesn’t take long.
For more information see below
The UNCRC is an agreement written by the member countries of the United Nations. It lists over 40 rights that belong to children and young people and is part of international law. You can read a summary of these rights by clicking on the following link Children’s rights.
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