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).
They are there to help keep you healthy, happy and safe.
Almost every country in the world – including the UK – has agreed to make sure your rights are protected by signing up to the UNCRC.
The UNCRC sets out over 40 rights that anyone under the age of 18 has. These rights are called ‘articles’.
Here are some examples from the UNCRC:
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).
What does the UNCRC look like in Scotland?
Scotland has a Children and Young People’s Commissioner who makes sure that your rights are protected and respected everywhere. The current Commissioner is Bruce Adamson.
It is an exciting time for Children’s Rights in Scotland, as the First Minister has said she wants to incorperate the UNCRC into Scots law. This would mean that your rights would be stronger than ever and offer a new level of protection for children in Scotland.
Currently, the Scottish Government think that children aged 12 and over should have the right to be even more involved in decisions about their support.
Find out more about what that looks like here.