Unit 2: Criminal Law
CHAPTER 10: THE YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM
E-ACTIVITY: YOUTH JUSTICE AND THE UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE
CHILD (p. 285)
Activity: Debate the Issue of Hockey Violence
Activity: Draw a Cartoon Storyboard to Illustrate Youth Justice in the
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted
by UN member nations in 1989, is the most important international human
rights document to focus on the interests of children. What is this document
and what does it mean to children? How does the UN attempt to communicate
with children about their rights? How does it aim to protect youths who
are in conflict with the law? How does it compare with our own Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
In this activity, you will learn more about the convention, find out
what aspects of the convention apply directly to youth justice, and finally
create a cartoon storyboard to illustrate one youth justice right that
has been enshrined in the convention.
- Begin by finding out more about the convention by visiting UNICEF’s
Web site about child
- How many countries in the world have signed this convention?
- Why is the convention important?
- What does the convention mean to children?
- What, generally, does it guarantee?
- Look at the specific articles in the convention that relate to the
rights of children that come in conflict with the laws of their country.
Visit the “Special
Protections” page on the UNICEF Web site and scroll down to
“b. Children in conflict with the law.” This section identifies
the special protection measures that are afforded children in conflict
with the law in Articles 37, 39, and 40. Click on “Article 37
(a), (b), (c) and (d),” “article 39,” and “article
40” to go to the sections in the actual convention. Using the
organizer below, record your interpretation of the meaning of each article
section cited. Click here
to download the organizer.