Child-friendly version Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

01/11/2013

Child-friendly version Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography 

Versión amigable Protocolo Facultativo de la Convención sobre los Derechos del Niño relativo a un Procedimiento de Comunicaciones

Versão amigável Protocolo Facultativo ~Convernção sobre os Direitos da Criança relativo ã Instituição de um Procedimento de Comunicação 

 

From the foreword:

"Dear Reader,

Governments, organizations and people around the world are committed to ensuringthe rights of the child and keeping children and young people protected from harm. Over the years, many important promises and commitments have been made to give children a safe and secure childhood.  It is important to learn about some of these important promises and commitments so that you can understand your rights and have more opportunities to stay safe and protected from violence.

In this publication you will find information about a set of commitments that help protect children and support them when their rights have been violated. These commitments can be found in a document called the OptionalProtocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (or the OPCP for short). 

In this publication you can learn:

 

1.      What is the United Nations?

2.      What is a Convention and what is an Optional Protocol?

3.      What is a communication procedure?

4.      And more helpful information

 

This booklet provides a summary of the OPCP. It captures the major points of the official version. Some details, however, are not included. If you have more questions or need to use the OPCP for legal purposes, we recommend that you refer to the official, full length version. There is also a resource entitled: ‘Speak up for your rights – OP3 CRC’ that provides helpful information to children, young people and child-led organizations about the OPCP (you can find links to these resources at the end of this publication).

We encourage you to widely share the information you read in this booklet with other people, especially children and young people in your family, school and community. We also encourage you to share the information with your online community. Use this information to start a discussion with your friends on how to protect yourselves. Teachers, caregivers, and organizations that are working to protect children’s rights and end violence will also benefit from this booklet. If you would like to find more information about the OPCP or would like to take action, please see the ‘Research and Advocacy’ section at the end of the publication.

Marta Santos Pais,

Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children "