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 UK government policies and practices must comply with the UNCRC. We report to the United Nations (UN) every 5 years on the progress we are making in implementing the convention.
The Department for Education co-ordinates and publishes these reports on behalf of the UK government.
In 2010, we published a report assessing how well our legislation supports the UNCRC.
We submitted the UK government’s fifth periodic review report to the UN committee on 23 May 2014. The report looks into how successful the UK has been at implementing the UNCRC since 2008.
There are 4 children’s commissioners responsible for promoting and protecting children’s rights in the UK:
- England’s Children’s Commissioner
- Northern Ireland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People
- Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People
- Wales’s Children’s Commissioner
Their work supports our commitment to comply with the UNCRC.
You can find more information on the UNCRC from the UNICEF website.