CHILDREN’S RIGHTS – All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential. UNICEF has a rights based approach to the work we do. The Convention on the Rights of the Child changed the way children are viewed and treated – i.e., as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity. Learn more about children’s rights below and download our poster.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an agreement almost every country has agreed to follow. “Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As children grow, they have more responsibility to make choices and exercise their rights.