The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines specific children’s rights in international law. It was adopted by the United Nations in 1989 and defines universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide. UNCROC was ratified by New Zealand in 1993.

UNCROC guarantees basic and fundamental rights to the world’s children. The rights are set out in 54 articles that establish human rights standards for the treatment of children and young people. The rights include civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and set out in detail what every child needs to have a safe, happy and fulfilled childhood.

LIVE

1

Life, survival and development

YOU IN MIND

2

The Government making sure that the best interests of the child are taken into account when making decisions about the child

SCHOOL & HEALTH

3

Access to education and health care

NURTURE

4

Grow up in an environment of happiness,
love and understanding

PROTECT

5

Protection from discriminationof any sort

DEVELOP

6

Develop their personalities, abilities and talents

FREE FROM HARM

7

Protection from sexual exploitationabuse
and economic exploitation

LAW

8

Special measures to protect those that are in conflict with the law

HEARD

9

Special measures to protect those that are in conflict with the law

BE INFORMED

10

Be informed about and participate in achieving their rights

MINORITY

11

Special measures to protect those belonging to minority groups