This week's Article of the Week is...
Article 5: The Government should respect the right of my family to help me know about my rights.
Article 5 of the UNCRC is about recognising that most young people will find that their parents, guardians or family are the people who are most qualified to give them good advice. It's also about understanding how important family is to a young person’s wellbeing.
Best interests come first:
Article 5 says that the parents or guardians of a child or young person should act in their best interests. What these are will change as a child or young person grows up: a young person is able to do more things safely than would have been the case when they were a child or a baby.
Parents or guardians should be aware of the changing abilities, wants and needs of children and young people in their care, and should take these into account when thinking about how to act in their best interest