UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: 30th Anniversary

At The University of Manchester we are delivering pioneering research, influencing policymakers and forging international collaborations to tackle the inequalities that affect children in every society.

Global problems

Every day children and young people are living through poverty, war, slavery, intolerance, poor health and limited access to education. Conditions beyond a child’s control can shape their identity, safety and chances in life.

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights that every child should be able to enjoy, from the right to life to the right to education. Despite being the most ratified human rights treaty in the world, many of these rights are still not being enforced for millions of children.

Manchester solutions

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention, we're shining a light on the ways that the University is tackling the range of inequalities that impact the lives of children all over the world.

We are utilising our research expertise across the fields of international development, humanitarian crisis, economic inequality, law and education to understand and tackle the inequalities faced by children and young people everywhere.

Explore the themes below to discover how our researchers are working with families, communities, NGOs and policymakes to create a fairer world for children.