In January 1992, the UK government adopted the the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This Convention applies to all children and young people up to the age of 18, and there are more than 50 articles which explore children’s social, political, economic and civil rights. It also includes instructions on how governments must publicise or implement these rights.
By adopting and welcoming this treaty, children in the UK were guaranteed over 40 specific basic rights which included:
- The right to have their views listened to and respected
- The right to life and to be supported to develop and grow
- The right to a name and a nationality
- The right to know both of their parents
- The right to be protected from violence
- The right to the best possible health care
- The right to have an education
- The right to have access to a range of cultural and artistic activities
- The right to play.
All of the rights included in the Convention apply to all children and young people, with no exceptions.
You can find out more about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by visiting the website of UNICEF.