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.