The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

To develop your understanding of your rights as a child/young person and explore the importance of protecting them. 

What you will need

You will need...

Timing: 20 mins

  • A copy of the UNCRC 




Agree or Disagree

Identify one side of the room as agree and the other as disagree. For each statement the young people should place themselves somewhere along the scale. Discuss their decisions as you go along. 

  • Human rights are only necessary for people who live in countries where there is a lot of poverty or war.
  • Children have their own human rights treaty because childhood is a very precious time.
  • Ordinary people can do much more than the Government to protect human rights.
  • You have to be a certain age to have the right to be heard and taken seriously.
  • If children commit crimes, their rights should be removed.
  • Children have their own human rights treaty because there are things that children need that adults don’t.
  • Picking on someone is a violation of their human rights.
  • Babies have human rights.


Do any of the rights surprise you?


Can you think of any rights that have not been included?


Whose responsibility is it to ensure these are being upheld?


Why is it import to protect and advocate for these rights?

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