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A symbolic illustration of Article 1 of the UNCRC.

Article 1

Everyone under 18 has these rights

Article 1 says that all people under 18 have the rights the UNCRC talks about, no matter who they are.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 2 of the UNCRC.

Article 2

All children have these rights

All children have the rights set out in the UNCRC, and individual children and young people shouldn’t be discriminated against when these rights are realised.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 3 of the UNCRC.

Article 3

Adults must do what’s best for me

Article 3 says that the best interests of children and young people should be thought about at all levels of society.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 4 of the UNCRC.

Article 4

The Government should make sure my rights are respected

Article 4 of the UNCRC says that the Scottish Government and UK Government should both work to make sure the Convention is known about and upheld.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 5 of the UNCRC.

Article 5

The Government should respect the right of my family to help me know about my rights

Article 5 of the UNCRC is about recognising that most young people will find that their parents, guardians or family are the people who are most qualified to give them good advice.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 6 of the UNCRC.

Article 6

I should be supported to live and grow

Article 6 of the UNCRC recognises that all children and young people have the right to survive and the right to develop.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 7 of the UNCRC.

Article 7

I have a right to a name and to belong to a country

Article 7 of the UNCRC says that all children and young people have the right to a name and nationality, which they should be granted at birth.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 8 of the UNCRC.

Article 8

I have a right to an identity

Article 8 is about your name, nationality and family relationships. It says the government shouldn’t interfere with the right to any of these.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 9 of the UNCRC.

Article 9

I have a right to live with a family who cares for me

Article 9 of the UNCRC says that a child or young person shouldn’t be separated from their parents in most cases.

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A symbolic illustration of Article 10 of the UNCRC.

Article 10

I have the right to see my family if they live in another country

Article 10 of the UNCRC says children and young people should be able to stay in contact with and visit their parents, even if they live in different countries.

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