Children's Rights Resources

The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child

Full text: United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

General Comments

The Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors compliance with the UNCRC, has produced a series of ‘General Comments’. These are essential the Committee’s interpretation of the content of the provisions of the UNCRC, on thematic issues or its methods of work. General Comments often seek to clarify the reporting duties of State parties with respect to certain provisions and suggest approaches to implementing treaty provisions. Links to some of these are provided below:

General Comment 1: The aims of education
General Comment 4: Adolescent health
General Comment 5: General measures of implementation for the Convention on the Rights of the Child
General Comment 7: Implementing child rights in early childhood
General Comment 8: The right of the child to protection from corporal punishment and other cruel or degrading forms of punishment
General Comment 9: The rights of children with disabilities
General Comment 10: Children's rights in juvenile justice
General Comment 12: The right of the child to be heard

Periodic Reports

States Parties are required to report periodically to the Committee. Links to the most recent of these in respect of the UK are provided below.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Periodic Report (2002)
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Periodic Report (2008)

Concluding Observations

After consideration of a State party's report the Committee issues observations and recommendations. Concluding observations refer both to positive aspects of a State's implementation of the UNCRC and areas where the Committee recommends that further action needs to be taken by the State. Links to the most recent of these in respect of the UK are provided below.

Concluding Observations: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2008)
Concluding Observations: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2002)

Child Related Policy in Northern Ireland

Children and Young People’s Strategy, Office of the First and deputy First Minister