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Parenting and caring

Parenting and caring relationships

Rights and responsibilities in parenting and caring

All human beings are entitled to have recognised and protected certain fundamental rights which ensure everyone’s liberty and security. Children are born with the fundamental freedoms and the inherent rights of all human beings. This is the basic premise of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (external website).

Having rights often entails responsibilities. To achieve a happy and healthy family life, all family members should be people who care about and respect others, both at home and in the community. Whatever the family structure, this can happen only if each member accepts and carries out his or her responsibilities within the family.

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  1. Complete the table by suggesting responsibilities that children have as a result of their rights.

  2. Discuss the differences which may exist between the rights and responsibilities of parents and those of carers in different situations.

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