The endorsement is a milestone for the Cook Islands since it ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1996.
Internal affairs secretary Paul Allsworth said in a statement the policy was unique as children on Rarotonga, Aitutaki, Mangaia and Atiu were consulted and their views contributed to the policy’s foundation.
“Wide consultations across the communities were also conducted and has contributed to this policy.
“A total of 559 primary school children and 176 secondary school students were interviewed during its development.
“This inclusive collaboration is remarkable given the importance of the Te Pito Manava o te Anau, our 1st National Policy for Children in the Cook Islands and I am very pleased with it.”
Allsworth said the policy outlined government’s key commitments to Cook Islands children for the safety and protection of their rights, be heard and valued for who they are so that they could become better leaders of the country in the future.
“The government of the Cook Islands is grateful to UNICEF Pacific office for their core support of the development of the Te Pito Manava o te Anau - Cook Islands National Policy Framework for Children,” he said.