Children's rights and the UNCRC

What is a right?

A right is something you have as a person, for example the right to an education, or the right to life. Every child and young person under the age of 18 has rights, no matter who they are, where they live or what they believe in.

What is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)?

The UNCRC is an agreement between countries which sets out the basic rights all children should have. Almost every country in the world apart from the United States has signed the agreement.

The UK agreed to obey the UNCRC in 1991. This means that the Government has to make sure that all children have these rights.  

The UNCRC includes 42 rights given to all children and young people. You can download a list of all your rights from UNICEF's website.

The Children's Commissioner for England has a legal duty to promote and protect the rights of all children in England. They must focus on children and young people in particular who are living away from home, in or leaving care, or receiving social care services, as well as other vulnerable groups of children whose voice is less likely to be heard.

Watch our video celebrating 25 years of the UNCRC below, and learn more by taking a look at the UNCRC animation.


You can also learn more about children's rights and the UNCRC by watching our six animated video stories and then taking a short quiz to test your knowledge.