Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

CRC is an international human rights treaty adopted in 1989. The UK agreed to follow it in 1991.

By following CRC, the UK agrees that public bodies must consider the best interests of the child when doing anything that affects children. CRC protects the rights of children in all areas of their life, including their rights to:

  • life, survival and development

  • freedom from violence, abuse and neglect

  • express their views in matters affecting them, including in legal proceedings

  • education

  • an adequate standard of living

Human rights tracker

Search our human rights tracker to find all UN recommendations for CRC and other treaties. The CRC page has specific information on how it is monitored and if the UK is meeting international standards.

Our work on CRC

The most recent work we have produced as part of our CRC monitoring includes:

Last updated: 24 Jan 2023