One of the most important things to remember about your rights is that all children have them! Article 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child means that your rights should be recognised no matter what. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what your parents do, what language you speak, what your religion is, whether you are a boy or girl, what your culture is, whether you have a disability or whether you are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
If you’re worried that your rights aren’t being recognised, or that you’re being discriminated against, it might be a good idea to speak to someone about what’s going on for you. If you’re thinking of running away because you’re rights aren’t being considered, you can call or text the Runaway Helpline for free and confidential support, 24 hours a day.
If you’d like more information about this right and the other rights you have, you can visit the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s website to learn about all of your rights.