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UNCRC Article 32

I have the right not to have to work unless I am old enough and it is safe

Governments should agree a minimum age for when children can start work. They should say how many hours children are allowed to work.

When children are old enough, there should be laws to make sure that adults who don’t stick to these rules are fined.

Article 32 of the UNCRC says that children and young people shouldn’t be able to work until they reach a certain age. In Scotland, they’re not allowed to do almost any kind of work until they are 13. Rules about the work they can do remain in place until they are 18.

The number of hours a child or young person can work in a week should be limited by the government. When they work, they should be protected from violence.

Days of General Discussion

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child facilitates Days of General Discussion where experts from around the world can discuss a child rights issue in detail. The reports of their discussions are a helpful tool to understand how the UNCRC should be interpreted.

1993’s Day of General Discussion on economic exploitation is relevant to Article 32.

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