Two new child rights briefings from SCCYP

Category: Basic Health and Welfare

9th December 2014

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) has produced two new briefings on the connection between austerity measures and violations of children's rights and on exploring the issues of fracking from a children's rights perspective.

The austerity briefing draws on the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children's position statement on austerity; summarises challenges that exist in the area and puts forward recommendations on how these can be met.

The second briefing looks into the unconventional gas extraction of fracking from a children's rights perspective and explores issues around consultation during the planning stages of extraction projects, and health and environmental concerns.

The briefing highlights that unconventional gas extraction may lead to unavoidable environmental and health impacts even if extracted with caution. The briefing recommends that the precautionary principle should be adopted in such operations.

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