The full list of rights for children and young people under the age of 18 is set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most accepted standard on children’s rights in the world.
Children’s rights include the right to health, education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living and to be protected from abuse and harm.
There are four general principles that underpin all children’s rights:
- Non-discrimination means that all children have the same right to develop their potential in all situations and at all times.
- The best interests of the child must be “a primary consideration” in all actions and decisions concerning a child, and must be used to resolve conflicts between different rights.
- The right to survival and development : For example, a child with a disability should have effective access to education and health care to achieve their full potential.
- The views of the child mean that the voice of the child must be heard and respected in all matters concerning his or her rights.
Children’s rights must be respected, children need protection and love !