In 1991 the UK Government made a 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 has over 40 rights for children and young people (under 18).
How are rights in the CRC protected?
The CRC says that governments should do everything they can to make sure children’s rights are respected and protected. This means the Government should be thinking about your rights when it is making decisions like making new laws and policies. Every five years they have to tell the UN about how they have done this.