UNCRC Symbols

We’ve produced a simplified version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It communicates the 42 articles of the UNCRC using symbols and easy to read language.

We worked with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and the Children’s Commissioner for England to create this version of the UNCRC. It was produced by Widgit Software.

We currently have posters of our symbols resource in stock. They're free, and we'll deliver them for free to anywhere in Scotland.

Contact our office to order our poster.

You can download the resource online:

Who the resource is for

Our Symbols resource is designed to be used as a communication tool for children and young people who:

  • are non-verbal,
  • have speech and language difficulties, or
  • have additional support needs.

It can also be used to help communicate ideas about rights to very young children.

The resource has been designed for adults working with children and young people in a wide range of settings. Adults who might use it include:

  • parents and carers,
  • educators,
  • support workers,
  • youth workers, and
  • practitioners.

Who helped us create the resource

Children and young people from Scotland, England and Wales helped us produce this resource.

In Scotland, we got feedback on the symbols from children and young people at:

  • Newark Nursery in Inverclyde
  • Annette Street Primary School in Glasgow
  • Garnetbank Primary School in Glasgow
  • Coresford School in Renfrewshire, and
  • the 10th Cumbernauld Cubs in North Lanarkshire.

Thanks to all the children and young people whose views helped inform the resource. See a gallery of those who got involved.

Golden Rules Symbols

We’ve produced another Symbols resource around our 7 Golden Rules for Participation. Find out about this resource.