Rights for Children & Young People

Rights for Children & Young People are a list of promises to children and young people to keep them safe. They are used to make sure you are treated fairly and looked after properly.

Everyone in Scotland under 18 and everyone in Scotland under 21 who has been looked after or in care is covered by the Rights for Children & Young People (www.sccyp.org.uk/rights).

For those who are over 18 years of age, the following links to legislation and governing bodies offer information:

Scottish human rights

Equality Human Rights

Patient Rights (Scotland) Act 2011

Your list of rights means that whatever the situation, your health, wellbeing and safety are the most important things. You have many different rights. For example:

  • your best interests must always come first
  • you have the right to life, survival and development
  • your views must be considered and taken into account in all matters affecting you.

To view the full list of rights please click on the link http://www.sccyp.org.uk/rights/uncrcarticles.

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the UNCRC). This treaty is based on four key principles:

  • the best interests of the child should be the first consideration for actions that affect him or her
  • all children have the right to life, survival and development
  • all children have the right to participate
  • all rights belong to all children without discrimination or exception

GIRFEC – it stands for ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ and The Children’s Charter also protect children’s rights so that if a child wants to be listened to or wants to be involved in decisions that affect them, they have a set of rules that protect their rights as a child. Adults have rights to, but these rights are specific to children.

Some examples of Children's Rights are:

  • the right to have a voice in matters that affect children
  • the right to special protection
  • the right to special education and care
  • the right to play and rest
  • the right to health

To read more on your rights click on the links below:

Children’s Rights (Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People)  


Together – Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights   

Children’s Charter   

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014