Outcome 6: Indicators 6, 7 and 8
Indicator 6: Young people recognise their own rights as set out in the UNCRC
Indicator 7: Young people recognise the rights of other people
Indicator 8: Young people take action to make rights a reality
Indicators 6, 7 and 8 are all focused on rights. The young people you work with may or may not be familiar with the language of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Indicators 6 and 7 focus on the concept of rights and whether young people are aware of their own rights and the rights of other young people and adults. Indicator 8 leads on from measuring awareness of rights to measuring the actions that young people take to realise their rights and the rights of others. This might be action to make multiple rights a reality or a focus on one particular right.
The following toolkits and material provide useful activities for exploring rights. These activities can also be adapted for evaluation purposes.
- Recognising and Realising Children’s Rights - Education Scotland and YouthLink Scotland
- Scottish Borders Child Rights Ambassador Toolkit
How can I measure this indicator with young people?
Indicators 6 and 7
For Indicators 6 and 7, you are specifically measuring awareness of rights, if you want to explore how young people use their ability to recognise rights, you will need to use Indicator 8.
- Simple recall: how many rights can young people name either individually or as a group? This activity works best if they are familiar with the concept of rights.
- Line of agreement: lay a long piece of rope or paper along the length of the room you’re working in. Explain that one side of the room means they really agree with the statement that you’re going to read and the other side of the room means they really disagree with the statement. Once you’ve read the statement young people need to decide to what extent they agree or disagree. You will need to keep a count of whether young people agree or disagree.
- Here are some suggested statements you can use but to make this exercise more effective you should develop your own statements that you track over time:
I have a right to be listened to and taken seriously
I have the right to keep things private
Rights can be used to control young people’s behaviour
Some rights are more important than others
The UNCRC says that young people have the right to have friends
- Records of campaigning activity by young people
- Examples of where rights have become a reality as a result of young peoples’ activity
- How young people demonstrate rights in their behaviour – how they treat others, how they express their views and how they develop new policy/services/ideas.