Article 31

I have a right to relax and play.

Article 31 of the UNCRC says that children and young people have the right to have fun in the way they want to, whether by playing sports, watching films, or something else entirely. They have the right to rest, too.

Children and young people should be able to take part freely in cultural activities, just like adults. The government should make sure it's easy for them to do this whether or not they have a disability.

Your right to play matters

While it may not seem like it, the right to play is as fundamental as any other right in the UNCRC. Being able to relax and unwind in the way they want to is vital to a child or young person's health and happiness, and to making sure they are as fulfilled as they can be.

Related articles

Article 13

Children and young people have the right to express themselves in the way they want to.

Article 14

Children and young people have the right to spend time focusing on their religious or political beliefs.

Article 15

Children and young people have the right to meet groups of people and to spend time doing things they all enjoy.

Article 23

Having a disability shouldn't prevent children or young people from doing the things they like or taking part in cultural activities.

Article 30

If a child or young person is a member of a minority group, they should be able to take part in cultural activities that involve their culture.

Article 32

Children and young people shouldn't have to work so hard that they don't have enough time to relax in the way they want.

Full text

This article is a simplified version of Article 31 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:

1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.


Play Scotland

Find out more about the right to play on the Play Scotland website.

Children's right to play, culture and arts: A review of Article 31 in Scotland

Read a supplement on the right to play in Scotland we produced with IPA Scotland.

Creating safety

Creating Safety is a resource from Creative Scotland that provides guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people in Scotland.

Gaelic information poster

Download a poster from IPA Scotland that explains the right to play in Gaelic.