UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Author: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Categories: Policies & procedures and UK 1st periodic review

2nd September 1990

The United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) applies to all children and young people aged 17 and under. The aim of the UNCRC is to recognise children's rights and ensure that children grow up in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.

The Convention is separated into 54 'articles': most give children social, economic, cultural or civil and political rights; while others set out how governments must publicise or implement the Convention.