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Article 12 - Expressing Views

Article 12  - Respect for the views of the child

Every child has the right to express their views, feelings and wishes in all matters affecting them, and to have their views considered and taken seriously.

This right applies at all times, for example during immigration proceedings, housing decisions or the child’s day-to-day home life.

Anytime Tales - Not Now Bernard

Bernard is always being ignored by his busy parents, so he goes out into the garden when he meets a monster who ends up consuming him for its dinner. And whe...

In some stories children’s views are ignored. What would you say to Bernard’s parents if you had the chance?

Can you think of any stories or films in which children’s voices are really listened to and it makes a difference?


Find out about a child or young person who made sure their voice was heard. You could choose Malala Yousafzai or Greta Thunberg or see if you can find out about somebody less well known. You could create a fact file or a poster showing their efforts and work. 

Greta Thunberg

Malala Yousafzai



Spend a few minutes thinking about these questions.

§Try to find somewhere quiet for a few minutes, sit comfortably and be! What should I really speak up about? How can I do this? as still as you can… just try to relax… and listen to the sounds, within your body, close by and further away. Try the short guided meditation below.
§How does it feel when you know that an adult has really listened to you?
§How can we show our appreciation and why is this important?
§How can we respect other people’s right to have their voice heard? Even when we disagree?
§Ask yourself – what could I do to make my voice stronger

3 Minutes Body Scan Meditation - Mindfulness For Kids And Adults

Able takes you through body scan meditation. Kids love this and so do parents and educators. In Mindfulness for kids, Shamash Alidina describes the body scan...