Article 27

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

Article 27 of the UNCRC says that children and young people should be able to live in a way that helps them reach their full physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social potential.

For this to happen, they should have access to adequate food and housing. Good nourishment and nutrition are essential for children and young people to reach their full potential, while safe and well-maintained housing is necessary to ensuring their development. 

Parents or guardians have the main responsibility for making sure their child or young person reaches their full potential. Where their help is not enough, however, children and young people have the right to government assistance such as child maintenance.

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Article 3

The State should make sure all children and young people are protected and have an adequate standard of care.

Article 5

The extent to which parents have control over funds that provide their children with an adequate standard of living will change as they grow up. 

Article 18

Parents each have the same level of responsibility for their children's development.

Article 24

Access to health services is vital for children and young people to have an adequate standard of living.

Article 26

Children and young people should get financial assistance if they need it to have an adequate standard of living.

Full text

This article is a simplified version of Article 27 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:

1. States Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child's physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.
2. The parent(s) or others responsible for the child have the primary responsibility to secure, within their abilities and financial capacities, the conditions of living necessary for the child's development.
3. States Parties, in accordance with national conditions and within their means, shall take appropriate measures to assist parents and others responsible for the child to implement this right and shall in case of need provide material assistance and support programmes, particularly with regard to nutrition, clothing and housing.
4. States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to secure the recovery of maintenance for the child from the parents or other persons having financial responsibility for the child, both within the State Party and from abroad. In particular, where the person having financial responsibility for the child lives in a State different from that of the child, States Parties shall promote the accession to international agreements or the conclusion of such agreements, as well as the making of other appropriate arrangements.