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What are your rights?

Rights are commitments made to people by Governments. Everybody has rights and nobody can take them away. Rights ensure that people are treated fairly and looked after properly. 

Children and young people under the age of 18 have a special set of rights in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the UNCRC).

Find out more about the UNCRC here.

Who protects rights?

Governments all over the world have agreed to make sure the rights of children and young people are protected by signing up to documents like the UNCRC. The Government of Jersey have done this and so have promised to make sure that the rights of all children and young people in Jersey are protected.

The Children’s Commissioner also has a special role in protecting the rights of children and young people. She must make sure that the Government keeps its promise to respect, protect and fulfil rights.

The Commissioner looks after the rights of:
  • Everyone in Jersey under the age of 18
  • Everyone in Jersey under the age of 25 if they are disabled, have been care experienced or have been involved with the youth justice system
  • Children from Jersey who are placed off-island for their care or treatment