Resources for adults
These are resources which can help adults understand what it means for children and young people to be Rights Defenders and what their responsibilities might be in supporting them.
These Rights Defenders resources for adults give more information about how children and young people defend human rights and provide ways to support them to do this.
All adults can support children and young people to be Rights Defenders, but some are duty bearers— meaning their role gives them a particular responsibility to do this.
Resources from the Children's Commissioner's office
A report on what adults in power should do to help children and young people to act as Rights Defenders, created with the help of the inspiring young people of the Human Rights Defenders Action Group.
The UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders applies to people of all ages, but it’s not easy for younger people to understand. This is a simpler version intended to make it more clear.
One of the recommendations of our report on children human rights defenders is that everyone learns about human rights from a very early age.
With that in mind, this list of books can be used to inspire children to find out about human rights and the people who have fought for them.
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s site explaining 2018’s Day of General Discussion on children and young people as human rights defenders.
Child Rights Connect’s page explaining the concept of children as human rights defenders and work the organisation does to support them.
Children’s Parliament page on the work they’ve done ahead of the UN Day of General Discussion.
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A resource designed to help children make their own Rights Defenders shields, which explains how to run a shield-making workshop and provides templates for children to make their own alone and in a group.
A resource that uses the metaphor of a balloon to help children and young people think about defending human rights. Each group gets a picture of a balloon, then uses parts of the drawing to think about different issues around being a Rights Defender.
A printable balloon graphic to use with the balloon exercise.