World Children’s Day: Nurturing strong relationships plays a vital role in shaping a child's future
World Children’s Day, on November 20, commemorates the UN Declaration on the Rights of the Child (1959) and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989). This anniversary reminds us to reflect on the progress made on children’s rights and increase our efforts to ensure that no child grows up alone.
Children need caring and supportive relationships, from birth to independence, to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage. Science backs this up, highlighting the pivotal role of these connections in child and youth development. When children have a trusting relationship with an adult, are listened to and validated, and feel safe, they can thrive despite difficult circumstances.