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How UNCROC is improving the rights of children and young people in NZ

How is the New Zealand Government working to improve the rights of children and young people in New Zealand?

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) is a comprehensive human rights treaty that enshrines specific children's rights in international law. It was adopted by the UN in 1989 and defines universal principles and standards for the status and treatment of children worldwide.

We want to make sure all New Zealand children get the best deal in life. It’s in all of our interests to make this happen. UNCROC provides a good platform for this.

Does the Government care about UNCROC?

Our continued support for UNCROC, both domestically and internationally, demonstrates our commitment to improve outcomes for children and young people.

The Government takes the children's rights covered by UNCROC very seriously and proves this commitment through specific initiatives to benefit children, such as Working for Families.

We need to continue to build on the good work that has been done and the progress that has been made. We still want to do more for children - not just to meet our UNCROC obligations - but because supporting and protecting our children is the right thing to do.

How is UNCROC reflected in New Zealand’s legislation?

New Zealand has made some progress recognising children's rights and UNCROC in legislation and we are working towards building on this good work. Some recent examples of legislation that have recognised UNCROC and children's rights include the the repeal of Section 59 of the Crimes Act and defining a child as 18 and younger in the recent Care of Children Act 2004.

UNCROC publications and reports

These reports include relevant New Zealand developments in law, policy and practice as well as plans to improve children's rights. Details include legislative, judicial, administrative and other adopted measures that affect the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC).