The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (The Child Convention) consists of 54 articles.
The Convention is presented below in a shortened version; not all of the articles are included in the text. If you like, you can download the Convention in it’s entirety here
• All children have the same rights and are of equal worth.
• Every child has the right to have his or her basic needs fulfilled.
• Every child has the right to protection from abuse and exploitation.
• Every child has the right to express his or her opinion and to be respected
These rights apply to all children under 18.
All children are of equal worth.
All children have the same rights and should not be discriminated against.
Nobody should treat you badly because of your appearance, your colour, your gender, your religion or your opinions.
Those who make decisions affecting children must first and foremost think about what is best for you.
You have the right to life and the right to develop.
You have the right to a name and a nationality.
You have the right to live with your parents unless it’s bad for you. You have the right to be brought up by your parents, if possible.
You have the right to say what you think. You are to be consulted and your opinions respected in all matters concerning you – at home, at school and by the authorities and the courts.
Your parents are jointly responsible for your upbringing and development. They must always put your interests first.
You have the right to protection against all forms of violence, neglect, abuse and maltreatment. You should not be exploited by your parents or other guardians.
You are entitled to receive care if you have lost your family.
If you have been forced to leave your country you have the same rights as all the other children in your new country. If you are alone you have the right to special protection and help. If possible you should be reunited with your family.
All children have the right to a decent life. If you are differently abled, you have the right to support and assistance.
When you are sick you have the right to receive all the help and care you need.
You have the right to attend school and to learn important things such as respect for other people’s rights and respect for other cultures.
The thoughts and beliefs of every child should be respected. If you belong to a minority you have the right to your own language, your own culture and your own religion.
You have the right to play, rest and live in a healthy environment.
You should not be forced to perform hazardous work which interrupts or prevents your schooling and which could be harmful to your health.
No one should subject you to abuse or force you into prostitution. If you are treated badly you are entitled to receive protection and help.
No one is allowed to kidnap or sell you.
No one should punish you in a cruel and harmful manner.
You never have to be a soldier or take part in an armed conflict.
All adults and children should know about this convention. You have the right to learn about your rights.