Article 4

The Government should make sure my rights are respected.

Article 4 of the UNCRC says that the Scottish and UK governments should both work to make sure the convention on children's rights is known about and upheld.

This means that they should always try to make sure that the rights of children and young people:

  • are realised in practice
  • actively help children and young people to live safer and happier lives.

It also means that they should take steps so that children, young people and the adults who work with them all know about the UNCRC.

The Commissioner helps make sure the rights of children and young people are respected in Scottish law. Find out about how he does this.

Related articles

The Government's responsibility to realise the rights of the UNCRC for a child or young person affects all of their rights. Because of this, all other articles in the UNCRC are related to this one.

Full text

This article is a simplified version of Article 4 of the UNCRC. The full text of the Article can be found below:

States Parties shall undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention. With regard to economic, social and cultural rights, States Parties shall undertake such measures to the maximum extent of their available resources and, where needed, within the framework of international co-operation.


UK Commissioners' report

Every five years, the 4 UK Children's Commissioners produce a joint report on the state of human rights in the country. Find out more about it here.

Scottish Government: Children, young people and families

Find out about how the Scottish Government works to uphold the rights of Scotland's children and young people.

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act

One of the things the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act does is to place more duties on Scottish Ministers and Public Bodies to consider children and young people's rights. Find out more about this here.