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As a worker, you have a duty to make sure the rights of all individuals are promoted and that includes children’s rights. You may not directly care for or support children or young people but through your work, you may come into contact with them. It is important that you understand their rights. The Code of Conduct states that you should ‘promote and uphold the privacy, dignity, rights, health and well-being of people who use health and social care services and their carers ’: remember, children or young people can be carers too.

The Human Rights Act 1998 gives a number of fundamental rights to every person living in the UK. Some of these rights include:
• The right to life;
• Freedom from torture or degrading treatment;
• The right to education;
• The right to liberty and security;
• And finally, Protection from discrimination.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a worldwide agreement between countries as to the basic rights that children under 18 should have.

Some of the rights relating to child protection are:
• The right to life
• The right to live a healthy life
• The right to not be separated from their parents unless they are at risk of harm
• The right of protection from drugs, sexual abuse or any harm to their development.

And finally, Article 39 specifies that children who have been neglected or abused should receive specialist support to restore their self-respect such as counselling.