Policy paper

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC): how legislation underpins implementation in England

This publication was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

Legislation, case law and policy that demonstrate how children's rights, set out in the UNCRC, are protected in England.

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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.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights published its report on children’s rights in 2009.

This document was produced in response and sets out how all the rights and obligations set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) are protected in England and implementation of the convention is achieved.