All about the UNCRCThe United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

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  • Have you heard of the UNCRC?
  • What is the best way for children and young people to find out about their rights?
  • What do you think are the most important rights for children?

What's 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 and Somalia 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.

Five important rights are:

  • the right to be healthy
  • the right to be educated
  • the right to be treated fairly
  • the right to be heard
  • the right not to be hurt.

You can download a list of all your rights from UNICEF's website.

These are your rights and together we must make sure that every child and young person in England and across the world has the opportunity to grow up in a safe, happy, clean and healthy environment.

The Government must report to the United Nations on the progress it has made in meeting the rights outlined in the UNCRC.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about your rights, visit the websites listed above on the right-hand side.