UNCRC Articles

Protecting children and young people’s rights

Your rights can be found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, or UNCRC. One of the Commissioners jobs is to make sure people in Scotland know about this convention.

A simplified list of UNCRC articles is below.

Read the full UNCRC.

Articles of the UNCRC

Article 1

Everyone under 18 has these rights.

Article 2

All children have these rights.

Article 3

Adults must do what’s best for me.

Article 4

The Government should make sure my rights are respected.

Article 5

The Government should respect the right of my family to help me know about my rights.

Article 6

I should be supported to live and grow.

Article 7

I have a right to a name and to belong to a country.

Article 8

I have a right to an identity.

Article 9

I have a right to live with a family who cares for me.

Article 10

I have the right to see my family if they live in another country.

Article 11

I have the right not to be taken out of the country illegally.

Article 12

I have the right to be listened to, and taken seriously.

Article 13

I have the right to find out and share information.

Article 14

I have the right to have my own thoughts and beliefs and to choose my religion, with my parents’ guidance.

Article 15

I have the right to meet with friends and to join groups.

Article 16

I have the right to keep some things private.

Article 17

I have the right to get information in lots of ways, so long as it’s safe.

Article 18

I have the right to be brought up by both parents if possible.

Article 19

I have the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated.

Article 20

I have the right to special protection and help if I can’t live with my own family.

Article 21

I have the right to have the best care if I am adopted.

Article 22

If I am a refugee, I have the same rights as children born in that country.

Article 23

If I have a disability, I have the right to special care and education.

Article 24

I have the right to good quality health care, to clean water and good food.

Article 25

If I am not living with my family, people should keep checking I am safe and happy.

Article 26

My family should get the money they need to help bring me up.

Article 27

I have the right to have a proper house, food and clothing.

Article 28

I have the right to an education.

Article 29

I have the right to an education which develops my personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment.

Article 30

I have a right to speak my own language and to follow my family’s way of life.

Article 31

I have a right to relax and play.

Article 32

I should not be made to do dangerous work.

Article 33

I should be protected from dangerous drugs.

Article 34

Nobody should touch me in ways that make me feel uncomfortable, unsafe or sad.

Article 35

I should not be abducted, sold or trafficked.

Article 36

I have the right to be kept safe from things that could harm my development.

Article 37

I have the right not to be punished in a cruel or hurtful way.

Article 38

I am not allowed to join the army until I am 15.

Article 39

I have the right to help if I have been hurt, neglected or badly treated.

Article 40

I have the right to legal help and to be treated fairly if I have been accused of breaking the law.

Article 41

Where our country treats us better than the U.N. does we should keep up the good work!

Article 42

Everyone should know about the UNCRC.

Further articles

Articles 43 to 54 are about how governments and international organisations will work to give children their rights.