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UNCRC Article of the Week (WC: 7th June 2021)

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This week's Article of the Week is:

Article 7: I have a right to a name and to belong to a country

Article 7 of the UNCRC says that all children and young people have the right to a name and nationality, which they should be granted at birth. It also says that they have a right to – as far as possible – know and be cared for by their parents.

Knowing Your Parents:

Article 7 recognises that not all children and young people can know who their parents are, as:

  • it may be impossible to identify who a parent is
  • a child’s mother may have refused to identify who their father is

Being Cared for by Your Parents:

Article 7 of the UNCRC is intended to be read alongside Article 5, which talks in more detail about how parents, guardians or family should care for a child or young person. Like Article 5 , it accepts that there are some cases where children and young people should not be cared for by their parents.

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