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 Commissioner’s 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
Everyone under 18 has these rights.
All children have these rights.
Adults must do what’s best for me.
The Government should make sure my rights are respected.
The Government should respect the right of my family to help me know about my rights.
I should be supported to live and grow.
I have a right to a name and to belong to a country.
I have a right to an identity.
I have a right to live with a family who cares for me.
I have the right to see my family if they live in another country.
I have the right not to be taken out of the country illegally.
I have the right to be listened to, and taken seriously.
I have the right to find out and share information.
I have the right to have my own thoughts and beliefs and to choose my religion, with my parents’ guidance.
I have the right to meet with friends and to join groups.
I have the right to keep some things private.
I have the right to get information in lots of ways, so long as it’s safe.
I have the right to be brought up by both parents if possible.
I have the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated.
I have the right to special protection and help if I can’t live with my own family.
I have the right to have the best care if I am adopted.
If I am a refugee, I have the same rights as children born in that country.
If I have a disability, I have the right to special care and education.
I have the right to good quality health care, to clean water and good food.
If I am not living with my family, people should keep checking I am safe and happy.
My family should get the money they need to help bring me up.
I have the right to have a proper house, food and clothing.
I have the right to an education.
I have the right to an education which develops my personality, respect for others’ rights and the environment.
I have a right to speak my own language and to follow my family’s way of life.
I have a right to relax and play.
I should not be made to do dangerous work.
I should be protected from dangerous drugs.
Nobody should touch me in ways that make me feel uncomfortable, unsafe or sad.
I should not be abducted, sold or trafficked.
I have the right to be kept safe from things that could harm my development.
I have the right not to be punished in a cruel or hurtful way.
I am not allowed to join the army until I am 15.
I have the right to help if I have been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
I have the right to legal help and to be treated fairly if I have been accused of breaking the law.
Where our country treats us better than the U.N. does we should keep up the good work!
Everyone should know about the UNCRC.
Articles 43 to 54 are about how governments and international organisations will work to give children their rights.