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Why should I bother finding out more about the UNCRC and my rights?

Knowledge is power! Children and young people all around the world don't know that they have rights or what those rights are. This makes it more likely that they could be treated badly, sometimes seriously affecting the quality of their lives. By knowing about the UNCRC, you can start to make sure that you, and other children and young people are having the rights that you are entitled to.


Article 1

Everyone under 18 years of age has all the rights in this Convention.

Article 2

The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say and whatever type of family they come from.

Article 42

The Government should make the Convention known to all parents and children.

What can I do if I am not getting some of my rights?

If you think that you are not getting all of your rights you can get more advice from The Children's Commissioner for Wales. This is a person whose job is to stand up and speak out for children and young people. The Commissioner works to make sure that children and young people are kept safe and that they know about and can access their rights.

You can contact the Commissioner by http://www.childcomwales.org.uk

Of course you can also talk to other trusted adults to let them know your concerns.

Where can I find out more about the UNCRC?

As well as the www.childrensrights.wales website, other online sites you might like to visit include:




Your local youth service should also have more information, for example in the form of leaflets. You should be able to send off for these or if you have a local youth information centre you can pick them up from there.

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