1 a sim Plified ve Rsion of The Uni Ted n aTions Conven Tion on The Righ Ts of The Child. © UNICEF/NYHQ1996-0390/Charton article article article Children have the right to privacy. The law Everyone under 18 years of age has all the Education should develop each child’s rights in this Convention. should protect them from attacks against their personality and talents to the full. It should 1 16 29 way of life, their good name, their family and encourage children to respect their parents, their cultures and other cultures. their home. article The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think 2 article article Children have the right to learn and use Children have the right to reliable information or say, whatever type of family they come from. from the media. Mass media such as the language and customs of their families, 17 30 whether or not these are shared by the television, radio and newspapers should article All organisations concerned with children majority of the people in the country where provide information that children can should work towards what is best for each child. 3 they live, as long as this does not harm others. understand and should not promote materials that could harm children. article Governments should make these rights article Children have the right to relax, play and to available to children. 4 article Both parents share responsibility for bringing join in a wide range of leisure activities. 31 up their children and should always consider 18 article Governments should respect the rights and what is best for each child. Governments article Governments should protect children from responsibilities of families to guide their should help parents by providing services to 5 work that is dangerous or that might harm children so that, as they grow up, they learn 32 support them, especially if both parents work. their health or education. to use their rights properly. article Governments should ensure that children article Governments should provide ways of article Children have the right to live a full life. are properly cared for and protect them from protecting children from dangerous drugs. 19 Governments should ensure that children 33 violence, abuse and neglect by their parents, 6 survive and develop healthily. or anyone else who looks after them. article Governments should protect children from sexual abuse. article 34 Children have the right to a legally registered article Children who cannot be looked after by their name and nationality. Children also have own family must be looked after properly by 7 article 20 Governments should make sure that children the right to know their parents and, as far as people who respect their religion, culture are not abducted or sold. possible, to be cared for by them. and language. 35 article Children should be protected from any article Governments should respect a child’s right to article When children are adopted the first concern activities that could harm their development. a name, a nationality and family ties. must be what is best for them. The same rules 36 8 21 should apply whether children are adopted in article Children who break the law should not be the country of their birth or if they are taken to article Children should not be separated from their treated cruelly. They should not be put in a live in another country. parents unless it is for their own good. For 37 9 prison with adults and should be able to keep example, if a parent is mistreating or neglecting in contact with their family. a child. Children whose parents have separated article Children who come into a country as refugees have the right to stay in contact with both should have the same rights as children who 22 article Governments should not allow children under parents, unless this might harm the child. are born in that country. 15 to join the army. Children in war zones 38 should receive special protection. article Families who live in different countries should article Children who have any kind of disability be allowed to move between those countries should receive special care and support so that 10 23 article Children who have been neglected or abused so that parents and children can stay in they can live a full and independent life. should receive special help to restore their contact, or get back together as a family. 39 self-respect. article Children have the right to good quality health article Governments should take steps to stop children care, clean water, nutritious food and a clean 24 article Children who are accused of breaking the law being taken out of their own country illegally. environment so that they will stay healthy. 11 should receive legal help. Prison sentences Richer countries should help poorer countries 40 for children should only be used for the most achieve this. article Children have the right to say what they serious offences. think should happen when adults are making 12 article decisions that affect them and to have their Children who are looked after by their local article If the laws of a particular country protects opinions taken into account. authority rather than their parents should have 25 children better than the articles of the their situation reviewed regularly. 41 Convention, then those laws should override article Children have the right to get and to share the Convention. article information, as long as the information is not The Government should provide extra money 13 damaging to them or to others. for the children of families in need. 26 article Governments should make the Convention known to all parents and children. article article Children have the right to a standard of living Children have the right to think and believe 42 that is good enough to meet their physical and what they want and to practise their religion, 27 14 mental needs. The government should help as long as they are not stopping other people The Convention on the Rights of the Child has families who cannot afford to provide this. from enjoying their rights. Parents should 54 articles in all. Articles 43-54 are about how guide children on these matters. adults and governments should work together article Children have the right to an education. to make sure that all children get all their rights. article Discipline in schools should respect children’s Children have the right to meet with other 28 human dignity. Primary education should be children and young people and to join groups go to 15 free. Wealthier countries should help poorer and organisations, as long as this does not to read all the articles. countries achieve this. stop other people from enjoying their rights. © UNICEF/NYHQ2006-0408/Pirozzi

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