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

The National Council for Children promotes the cause of children based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its main principles – the so-called three P’s:

  • Protection – children are a vulnerable group and have a right to special protection
  • Provision – children have a right to care and promotion of their interests
  • Participation – children are members of society with individual rights

The National Council for Children relies especially on two of the general principles in its work:

  • Article 3: The state must ensure the best interest of the child in decision-making
  • Article 12: The child has a right to be heard in all matters affecting the child

With this in mind, the National Council for Children expresses its view of the child in these five principles: 

  • Children are active participants in society with the attendant rights

All children and young people shall experience that they belong and can make a difference

  • Children are competent actors in society and experts in their own life

The knowledge and experiences of children and young people must be included in all relevant decision-making processes together with professional knowledge and the experience of adults

  • Children’s maturity and abilities are developing throughout childhood

The participation and self-determination of children and young people shall increase as their maturity and abilities develop

  • Children have the right to care and protection in order to develop and prosper

The state has an obligation to adopt special regulations that protect children and young people

  • Children have rights that are independent of parental rights and interests

Children and young people must know their rights and be ensured the opportunity to assert them 

The National Council for Children’s view of the child has practical applicability in the activities of the Council in the following ways:

  • The Council’s activities are anchored in studies of children’s own experiences, opinions and desires
  • The Council strives to put itself in the child’s place and to understand the child’s own experience of the situation and uses this insight in its work
  • The Council draws upon the views of professionals on what is the best interest of the child applying a thorough, explicit and critical use of the current knowledge

 Adopted by The National Council for Children on April 30th 2014.