The Danish National Council for Children’s view of the child: Every other young person do not know their rights

Half of the young people age 14-15 have a low awareness of children's rights. In addition, young people from broken families are rarely involved in family decisions compared to children in nuclear families. This is the result of a new nationwide survey of 1,500 students from 8th grade.

The survey shows that only one in ten young person have a high awareness of their own rights. The boys feel that they know their rights more than the girls do. Additionally young people with another ethnic background than Danish feel that their knowledge of children's rights is higher compared to the ethnic Danish youth.

President Per Larsen, The Danish National Council for Children’s view of the child says: "Unfortunately, we see that too many young people lack knowledge about their rights. Therefore, I urge the Government and the Minister of Education to ensure that the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child is put on the school curriculum so that all children and young people become aware of their own rights."

The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child provides among tings children and young people's right to be involved in decisions that affect them. This study shows that it pays to involve young people: 79 percent of young people who have been involved in decisions on where to live are satisfied with their divorced parents´ sharing scheme. The same applies to 51 percent of the young people who have not been asked about their sharing schemes.

"Children and young people wish to have an influence on their lives, and our survey clearly shows that inclusion works. It is one of the rights that all the children and young people need to know so they can point out that they need be consulted and involved. This is why there should be more distinct requirements for schools to teach students in the Convention and the rights in general, "says per Larsen.

Further information

Cecilie Nielsen, The Danish National Council for Children’s view of the child

Phone: +45 33783313

E-mail: cen@brd.dk