Rights of the Child

30 years of children’s rights

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was agreed 30 years ago in 1989. Almost every country in the world has signed up to it – except for the USA.

The treaty lists important rights that every child and young person under the age of 18 should have. These include:

  • The right to food, water, and healthcare
  • The right to be protected from harm
  • The right to education
  • The right to play
  • The right for children’s voices to be heard in decisions that affect them

Make their voices heard

In 2011 the UN added a new line (known as Optional Protocol 3) which means that children can make complaints directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, if they believe their rights have been breached.

This was a huge step forward because governments can often play a huge role in violating those rights. 

However, the UK government is dragging its feet in making this legally binding.

Children shouldn’t have to wait to grow up before they’re heard.

It's time to make those rights real, and to strengthen the voices of young people who are fighting for their futures.

Sign the petition.