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What are Child Rights?

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What are Child Rights?


An introduction to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Once upon a time

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not so very long ago

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And not so far away

Some grown-ups realised what children had been saying all along: children have special rights that need to be recognized and protected.

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All children.

Big and little children

All kinds of children

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Who live in all kinds of homes

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Who are special in many different ways

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And YOU!

Your family will help you with your rights.


(Article 5)

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The right to eat healthy food


(Article 27)

The right to go to school


(Article 28)

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The right to learn many things


(Article 17)

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The right to care when you are sick


(Article 24)

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The right to be cared for by your parents


(Article 18)

The right to be cared for if you do not live with your parents
(Articles 20 & 21)

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The right to have a name and belong to a country


(Article 7)

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The right to choose your friends


(Article 15)

The right to think for yourself


(Article 14)

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The right to share your ideas and be listened to


(Articles 12 & 13)

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The right to live and grow

(Article 6)

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The right to special help if you need it


(Article 23)

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The right to be treated fairly by everyone


(Article 2)

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The right to never be hurt by others


(Articles 19 & 34)

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The right to not have to work too hard


(Article 32)

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The right to be kept safe from dangerous things


(Article 33)

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The right to learn to be the best you can


(Article 29)

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(Article 31)

The right to play

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The right to rest


(Article 31)

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(Article 16)

The right to be private

The right to speak your own language


(Article 30)

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The right to have adults do what is best for you


(Article 3)

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What is your favourite right?

Want to learn more about childrens rights and the areas that UNICEF works in to help the most vulnerable children?
Sign up to be part of UNICEFs Youth Advocate Program to access free resources all year round! You can also learn more about the Convention on the Rights of the Child via our website. www.unicef.org.au This beautiful photo story was collated by Bethany Robinson.

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