Traditionally, children were treated as invisible members of society. They were denied a meaningful voice. They lacked access to justice and complaints mechanisms. They were denied credibility in the eyes of adults and the law and they had no political clout. Indeed, this past approach towards children where they were ‘seen and not heard’ has been reﬂ ected by the increasing incidences of adults coming forward to report and seek justice for the horriﬁ c abuses they suffered as children in the past. The litany of reports, inquiries and investigations which have been conducted as a result of these atrocities in countries all over the world, have all in some way highlighted the fact that these children were powerless, vulnerable and had nobody to listen to them. As a result, having learned from the harsh mistakes of the past, there is an ongoing responsibility on adults working for and with children as well as governments worldwide to try to ensure that abuses of this scale never happen again. One way of striving to achieve this objective is to adhere to the minimum standards regarding children’s rights and, in particular, Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989.