I have the right to be kept safe from things that could harm my development.
Article 36 of the UNCRC covers any form of exploitation other articles don’t. It makes clear that children and young people should not be exploited for any reason.
Forms of exploitation covered by Article 36 include, but are not limited to a child or young person being:
- taken advantage of because of being smart
- used in crimes
- used in politics in a way they are unhappy with
- used in the media in a way they are unhappy with.
Children and young people shouldn't be exploited by the media.
Children and young people shouldn't be exploited at work.
Children and young people shouldn't be exploited sexually.
Children and young people shouldn't be abducted, trafficked or sold.
If a child or young person is exploited, they have the right to care that helps them recover.
This article is a simplified version of Article 36 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:
States Parties shall protect the child against all other forms of exploitation prejudicial to any aspects of the child's welfare.
The Commissioner's office has an advice line that answers questions about children’s rights and child welfare.