Child and Youth Rights

Canada shares a vision for children and youth based on core principles of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which is an international treaty regarding the rights of children under the age of 18.

UNCRC member countries agree that governments and adults have a responsibility to ensure a child's right to survival, healthy development, and protection from harmful influences. Children also have a right to be protected from abuse and exploitation, as well as experience full participation in family, cultural, and social life.

What is the role of the Public Health Agency of Canada?

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) shares responsibility with the Department of Justice Canada for coordinating implementation of the UNCRC at the federal level.

What information will I find here?

This section will take you to information about what Canada is doing to protect and promote the rights of children and youth. This is part of Canada’s commitment to promoting the health and well-being of children and youth. Children and youth are to be treated with dignity and respected, protected from harm, given a voice in issues of concern to them, provided with their basic needs and given an opportunity to reach their full potential.

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