Today is International Human Rights Day when people and organisations around the world remember and celebrate the creation of theUniversal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day has an added significance for children as it coincides with the 25th anniversary year of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Eleanor Roosevelt, the driving force behind this blueprint for human rights, famously recognised that human rights begin: “in small places, close to home." I think they also begin with small people.
At the NSPCC we believe that every childhood is worth fighting for which means ensuring that in a world designed and run by adults children’s needs are protected and upheld. The idea of protecting children’s right to be safeand cared for would have been familiar to Benjamin Waugh when he founded the NSPCC in 1884. But sadly, 130 years on, the fight to make this a reality still continues.