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Children – information for persons under 18

You are considered to be a child when you are under 18 years. The United Nations (UN) have rules about the rights of children. The rules are known as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. From 1 January 2020 your rights as a child in Sweden are even more protected. Since then the UN convention is a Swedish law, the Rights of the Child Act.


Within the UN there are rules about children’s rights, known as the Convention on the Rights of the Child. 196 countries have signed the convention and promised to follow the rules within it. From 1 January 2020, the convention has become a Swedish law, called the Rights of the Child Act. This means that your rights as a child has become even more protected in Sweden.

When we do things that affect children, we must always think about you as a child, and what is best for you. Your rights are important and we, as adults, must do all we can to protect you.

The Convention contains many different texts describing the rights of children. There are also four main principles which describe how to think when reading all the texts in the convention. The four principles are:

  • Article 2 – All children have equal rights and equal worth. No child may be discriminated against.
  • Article 3 – The child’s best interests must be considered in all decisions which affects the child.
  • Article 6 – Every child has a right to life, survival and personal development.
  • Article 12 – Every child has a right to express their opinion on things that directly relate to them.

Simple language text on the Convention

What is CSN?

CSN is a government agency which works with grants and loans. We make decisions about and pay out money to people who study. We also make sure that the loans are paid back to us. We also handle loans for people coming to Sweden as refugees, who needs loans to start their own homes. This is called a home equipment loan. People who do not have a job and who might need a driver’s license to help them find a job can also borrow money from CSN to get a license.

Your rights with CSN

Like everyone else in Sweden, CSN must make sure that your rights as a child are considered in everything we do. Even if you are still under age, you have a right to make yourself heard in all things that affect you. You have a right to get information and knowledge about CSN’s work in a way that ensures you know your rights and can influence decisions.

At CSN we really want to know if you have questions, or if there is something that you do not understand. Your opinions are important to us! If you want to get in touch you can call or write to us. In some cities in Sweden you can also book a meeting to come see us. If you have ideas about how we can do even better in protecting the rights of children, please let us know!

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Icon for published Published: 2020-04-07
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