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Know Your Rights

You have a right to:

  • survival
  • living standards
  • environment
  • name and identity
  • care
  • protection from harm
  • education
  • culture
  • development
  • information
  • participation
  • freedom of thought
  • freedom of speech

In 1989 the United Nations adopted a convention on the rights of the child. This is a document which sets out the minimum standards and freedoms that is respected by governments across the world.

UNICEF is the only organisation which is recognised by this convention (agreement) and they work to protect and promote your rights.

This all means that:

  • you should not suffer discrimination
  • your best interests should be at the top of the agenda when decisions affecting you are being made
  • you have the right to survive and develop. This includes the right to mental and physical well-being
  • you should be free to express your views. And these views should be taken into account in all matters that affect you

Below is a link to UNICEF and a leaflet produced by UNICEF about your rights.

The Children and Families Bill:

The Department for Education has published a young person’s guide to the Children and Families Bill, explaining how proposed changes will affect you and your families. It includes:

  • What the new law would change about adoption
  • What the new law would change for looked after children at school
  • What the new law would change about family courts
  • What the new law would change for children and young people with special educational needs
  • What the new law would change about helping parents by caring for children outside school
  • How the new law would change the Children’s Commissioner
  • What the new law would change for parents when they have a new child
  • How the new law would help people fit their work times around other things in their lives