The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
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 on 15 January 1992. All of our policies and practices must comply with the UNCRC and we report to the United Nations every 5 years to show this.
The Department for Education co-ordinates and publishes these reports on behalf of the UK government.
The Children’s Commissioner is responsible for promoting and protecting children’s rights. They use the UNCRC to guide their work.
In 2010, we also published a report assessing how well our legislation supports the UNCRC.
You can find more information on the UNCRC from their website.