The UK Government ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991, but there's still plenty of work we need to do make child rights a reality for children in the UK. 

Children have clearly told us that they want their rights to be enforceable in the UK courts - but children's rights are still not enshrined in the law.   

We believe that incorporating the Convention into UK law would give powerful protection to children. It would ensure that the rights of all UK children, no matter who they are or where they come from, are protected.  It would require the Government to actively promote and protect child rights in every decision they make.

What is UNICEF doing for child rights in the UK?

UNICEF UK is a member of the ROCK coalition, a group of parliamentarians, lawyers and child rights activists that have come together to campaign for the incorporation of the UNCRC into UK law. 

Other members of ROCK include the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, the National Children’s Bureau, the NSPCC, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Save the Children, and Together.

 
Two children at a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School © UNICEF UK/2008/Dianne Male
Two children at a UNICEF UK Rights Respecting School.© UNICEF UK/2008/Dianne Male