Rights of the child

All children and young people have rights. RCPCH actively supports these rights within child health, promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history. It sets out the rights, standards and monitoring mechanisms for upholding all children and young people’s rights (those under the age of 18).

UK's involvement and duty

  • The UK ratified the UNCRC in 1991.
  • There is an obligation in the UK for professionals working with children and young people (doctors, social workers, teachers etc) to comply with its principles and provisions.
  • The UK’s performance in meeting its obligations under this convention is monitored and reported on by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

To find out more about the rights of the child in your work, please contact the Children and Young People's Engagement team on and_us@rcpch.ac.uk.