30 years of Children’s Rights

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Thirty years ago today the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the UNCRC – came into existence. The UNCRC protects the rights of all children, everywhere, to be free from discrimination, violence and neglect no matter what their social or ethnic background (or any other status). It means that all children, everywhere, should be treated with dignity and respect, have the right to education, and have the right to express their own opinions and participate in the decisions that concern them.


We’re celebrating this great occasion! Earlier this week we launched our special “30th Anniversary” animation, explaining more about the hugely important role child helplines have to play in enabling children’s rights, providing children and young people with information about their rights and empowering them in decision-making.

Today, we’re publishing the latest in our series of global data reports – this time, covering the years 2017 and 2018 – which brings together all of the data collected by our child helpline members around the world. The figures provide a reliable picture of the problems children and young people are dealing with, including being subjected to violence and exploitation. The report – Voices of Children and Young People – shows that violence against children continues to be a significant problem in many countries. It also reveals that a large percentage of children and young people are contacting child helplines because of concerns they have about mental health and well-being. As communications technology gets better and better, child helplines are making it easier and easier for children and young people to contact them. We’re ensuring that children and young people’s voices get heard, and through reports like this we can also make sure that their voices have a powerful impact on legislation and policy-making at both the national and international levels.

The 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a fantastic opportunity to put children’s rights HIGH UP on the international agenda.  Thirty years on, it’s time for the international community to renew commitments to protect and promote children’s rights, and to step up efforts to help children thrive. 

Let’s continue to make sure that EVERY child has a voice, and that NO child is EVER left unheard.