Resources on the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Resources and research about the Convention and child rights.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. Discover the key Convention documents and related publications and resources.
 

Convention documents


The Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols text

The Convention on the Rights of the Child full text

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure


Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols

Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Status of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

Status of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in armed conflict

Status of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure


Monitoring the Convention and States Parties reports

The Committee on the Rights of the Child

States parties reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child



For students and teachers

Child rights and why they matter

Interested in learning more about child rights? Take this short course to transform and/or refresh your understanding of child rights and a child rights approach, introduce you to UNICEF’s mandate as it relates to child rights, and inspire you to apply a child rights lens to our everyday work and life.



For business

Children’s Rights and Business Principles

Developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children – the Children’s Rights and Business Principles are the first comprehensive set of principles to guide companies on the full range of actions they can take in the workplace, marketplace and community to respect and support children’s rights.



For governments, NGOs and human rights practitioners

Mapping the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

An interactive document that aims to encourage an in-depth and broad-based exploration of the links and synergies between the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Child rights education toolkit: Rooting child rights in early childhood education, Primary and Secondary Schools

The toolkit defines what is meant by child rights education and the child rights approach. The toolkit explains the relevance of child rights education to UNICEF’s mission and the ways in which education can take place in a range of contexts – including with professionals, caregivers, the corporate sector, the media, and children’s groups.


Teaching and learning about child rights: A study of implementation in 26 countries

This study explores child rights education in early childhood education, primary and secondary schools in 26 countries. It includes a literature review, results from an online survey completed by national experts, seven country case studies and a series of benchmarking statements to guide implementation of child rights education.