A simplified version
of the United Nations
Convention on the
Rights of the Child.

Article 31

Children have the right to relax, play and to join in a wide range of leisure activities.

Article 2

The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.

UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD (UNCRC)

Every child has the right to survival, protection and education, and to have their voice heard.

These and many other fundamental children’s rights are outlined in the UNCRC.

Knowing your rights

Every child and young person under the age of 18 has rights and responsibilities. These are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). It’s been signed by every country in the world, except the USA and Somalia.

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Protecting your rights

As a young person, you can be involved in making sure your rights are protected by knowing and learning about your rights and talking to friends and family.

Advocates for children and young people

Sometimes it can be difficult for children and young people to have their voices heard, at these times you might find it useful to have an advocate to assist in communicating on your behalf.

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people.