Children's Rights

Introduction to rights

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.


The UNCRC consists of 54 articles that set out children’s rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children. Under the terms of the convention, governments are required to meet children’s basic needs and help them reach their full potential. Central to this is the acknowledgment that every child has basic fundamental rights.

Fundamental rights

Life, survival and development, Protection from violence, abuse or neglect, An education that enables children to fulfil their potential, Be raised by, or have a relationship with, their parents, Express their opinions and be listened to.