Objective for the rights of the child

The objective of child rights policy is to ensure that children and young people are respected, given the chance to develop and enjoy security, and are able to participate and have an influence. This objective is based in part on the commitments that Sweden has made by ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and aims to promote and protect the rights and interests of the child in society.

Sweden should be one of the very best countries to grow up in. Every girl and boy, regardless of background or functional capacity, must feel secure and be given the best conditions for realising their potential and growing as a person who thinks for themselves and is able to participate in the development of society on their own terms.

The Government wants to improve the conditions in which all children grow up. This includes combating the dangers and risks associated with environmental degradation. The rights and living conditions enjoyed by children in Sweden must meet the requirements that follow from the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international agreements where children are concerned. The Government also intends to continue the process of making the Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Swedish law.