Children’s rights

Children’s rights are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and are about safeguarding the rights and interests of children and young people in society. This area covers all activities that affect children, such as education policy, migration policy, culture policy and social services policy. This page is currently being updated with additional information.

Responsible for children’s rights

Responsible minister

Åsa Regnér
Åsa Regnér Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality

Responsible ministry

News about children’s rights

  • Next step to incorporate Convention on the Rights of the Child into Swedish law

    Photo: Folio

    The Swedish Government has decided to submit a proposal in July 2017 to the Council on Legislation to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into Swedish law. The Government considers that the CRC’s strong position must be made clearer and that a child rights-based approach must have a major impact on how the law is applied. Preparation of the proposal is now under way.

  • International high-level meeting in the Riksdag on displaced children

    • Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Åsa Regnér, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality.

      Photo: Joanna Abrahamsson/Government Offices of Sweden

    • A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      A panel discussion was held on child rights challenges in migration in Europe.

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/

    • Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Fredrik Malmberg, Ombudsman for Children in Sweden,

      Photo: Emma Gårdsäter/Government Offices of Sweden

    On 24 April, a high-level meeting on displaced children was held in the Riksdag. It was organised by the Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, the Children’s Welfare Foundation Sweden and the Riksdag. Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér was one of the keynote speakers at the meeting, which was attended by children’s representatives from a number of European countries and child rights experts from across Europe, as well as representatives of Swedish government agencies and civil society organisations working with child rights.

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