The Convention on the Rights of the Child
In 1991 the UK Government made an international promise to the United Nations to respect children’s rights. It did this by agreeing to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (or ‘CRC’ for short). The CRC contains over 40 rights for young people aged under 18. Every five years the UK Government has to report to a United Nations Committee of children’s rights experts who check whether the rights in the CRC are being respected and protected here in the UK. The report includes information from governments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.