Your rights are set out in an international human rights treaty called the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (or the UNCRC for short).

The UNCRC recognises that ALL children have the right to be treated with dignity and fairness, to be protected, listened to, and supported to develop to their full potential.

It is an exciting time for Children’s Rights in Scotland because it is hoped that the UNCRC will be incorporated into the law. This means that your rights should be even more protected, promoted and respected by the Scottish Government.

Schools also have a responsibility to respect children’s rights and help children experience their rights. Find out more about what it means to be a rights respecting school.

Here are some examples of rights listed in the UNCRC:

The UNCRC sets out over 40 rights that anyone under the age of 18 has. These rights are called ‘articles’.

The right to an education (article 28).

The right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously (article 12).

The right to meet with friends and join groups (article 15).

The right to feel safe (article 19).

The right to relax and play (article 31).

The right to learn and use the religion, language and customs of your family (article 30).

The right to an education which tries to develop your personality and abilities as much as possible and encourages you to respect other people’s rights and values and to respect the environment (article 29).

Where can I get info and advice about my human rights?

Scotland has a Children and Young People’s Commissioner who works to make sure that your rights are protected and respected. CYPCS can give information and advice about your human rights.

Young people holding hands in circle
Image reproduced with permission of CYPCS. Illustrator Jenny Capon.