What’s all this rights stuff about?
UNCRC stands for United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s a list of rights that all children and young people, everywhere in the world have, no matter who they are, where they live or what they believe in.
The UNCRC has 54 articles in it, 42 rights are for children and young people up to 18 years of age. The others are all about how governments and adults should work together to make sure children and young people can access their rights.
The rights on the list are all the things that children and young people need to make sure that they are safe, have the things they need to survive and develop, and have a say in decisions that affect their lives.
If you want to read the UNCRC in other languages on UNICEF’s website
The UNCRC is not law, but because the UK government has signed up to it, they are working to make sure that all children in the UK have all their rights in the UNCRC. They also have to make sure that children, young people and adults know about and understand the convention.