UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged 17 and under) a comprehensive set of rights. It is the only international human rights treaty to include civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. It sets out in detail what every child needs to have a safe, happy and fulfilled childhood regardless of their sex, religion, social origin, and where and to whom they were born, including the rights to:

  • special protection measures and assistance
  • access to services such as education and healthcare
  • develop their personalities, abilities and talents to the fullest potential
  • grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding
  • be informed about and participate in achieving their rights in an accessible and active manner.

Read the Convention on the Rights of the Child (PDF)

 

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2014