Children's Rights

In 1989, the leaders of the world agreed that all children in all countries have the same fundamental rights. From the wealthiest to the poorest, these rights do not change, they are things like education, play, access to health services and protection from violence.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out what countries must do to ensure that all children can enjoy their rights, regardless of who they are, or where they are from. The only countries that have not ratified the treaty are Somalia, South Sudan, and the United States. Whilst 194 countries have signed the convention, many are still far from meeting its goals — there is still a lot of work to do.

This is a collection of activities for children and young people that will help you to understand what is meant by children’s rights. In the links and resources at the bottom of the page you will find books, films and other organisations doing excellent work on children’s rights. 

Children's Rights Activities to do at home

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