You have the right to help from the government if you are poor or in need.
Article 26 of the UNCRC says that children and young people should get financial support from the State when their parents or guardians are unable to provide them with a good enough standard of living by themselves.
Some of the reasons this might be the case include:
- old age.
While in most cases financial support for children and young people will be given to a parent or guardian, in some cases they can access benefits directly. Parents or guardians shouldn’t control a child or young person's access to financial support or stop them from getting the support they need.
Article 3 says that the State should make sure children and young people have the protection and care they need when their parents can't provide it.
Article 18 says that each of a child or young person's parents have equal responsibility for caring for them.
Children and young people should get the assistance they need if they have a disability.
Children and young people should have access to healthcare regardless of their situation.
Children and young people have a right to a good enough standard of living.
Children and young people have a right to an education, and may be able to get financial support for it.
This article is a simplified version of Article 26 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:
1. States Parties shall recognize for every child the right to benefit from social security, including social insurance, and shall take the necessary measures to achieve the full realization of this right in accordance with their national law.
2. The benefits should, where appropriate, be granted, taking into account the resources and the circumstances of the child and persons having responsibility for the maintenance of the child, as well as any other consideration relevant to an application for benefits made by or on behalf of the child.
Our child poverty blog looks at some of the ways in which children and young people may not reach a good enough standard of living.
Shelter Scotland has advice about getting a place to live.
Parentzone has advice about getting financial assistance to attend school.