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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

UK Government Periodic Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (July 2007)

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty that grants all children and young people (aged 17 and under) a comprehensive set of rights. The UK signed the Convention on 19 April 1990, ratified it on 16 December 1991 and it came into force in the UK on 15 January 1992. When a country ratifies the Convention it agrees to do everything it can to implement it.

The Convention gives children and young people over 40 substantive rights. These include the right to:

All of the rights in the Convention apply to all children and young people without discrimination. 

This area of the website explains the obligations of states that ratify the Convention, including reporting to the international treaty monitoring body, the Committee on the Rights of the Child.

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Last updated on 16/04/2009