All children should be treated equally and have the same basic rights and freedoms as adults.
The Equality Act 2010 brought together previous laws. This means that schools cannot treat pupils differently because of their sex, race, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation. Children who are pregnant, become parent or is a transgender pupil are also protected.
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms which everyone has. Children's rights are protected by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
In Scotland the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland supports implementation and awareness of the UNCRC. The Commissioner makes sure that children know they have rights and allows them to take an active role in issues concerning them.
Schools and early years centres in West Dunbartonshire teach children about their rights.
In a rights respecting education establishment children learn the following:
For more information on children's rights: