Your rights

Everyone has rights. Rights help us stay safe and get fair treatment. Some rights are given to you at certain ages - like being allowed to leave home or drive a car.

What are rights?

Everyone has different rights depending on their age. Adults are allowed to do some things that children aren't. For example, adults can buy alcohol, have a credit card or take out a loan.

Rights help us stay safe and get fair treatment. Some rights are given to you at certain ages – like being allowed to leave home or drive a car. On this page we have lots of information about what age you’re allowed to do different things.

Remember your rights help you:

  • stay safe
  • understand the law
  • make decisions.

how do i know what's
right
or
wrong?

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What rights do I have?

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November every year. This is the date that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was created in 1989.

The Convention applies to all children and young people aged 17 years and younger. The UN Convention has 54 articles which are different parts of the Convention, that say what rights children have, and how the Government should protect those rights.

The Convention gives children and young people a set of rights that include their right to health, an education, rest and play. It also says that governments must do everything they can to protect and support children and young people.

"Every child has the right to be alive and be the best person they can be." 

Find out more about the UN Convention on the rights of the child.

What you can do