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What does it mean for adults to think about the best interests of children and young people?


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When adults who know a child or young person think about that person’s best interests, they should:

  • think about what’s best for them in their day to day lives
  • make sure they are protected and cared for.

When adults in positions of power think about children and young people’s best interests, they should:

  • think about what’s best for children and young people in their day to day lives when making laws
  • make sure children and young people are protected and cared for
  • make sure that groups who protect and care for children and young people are good at what they do.

Article 3 of the UNCRC is about children and young people’s best interests.

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