Five Rights Issues for Professional Youth Footballers

Categories: Best interests of the child, Recreation, play and cultural activities and Respect for the views of the child

10th June 2015

The rights of talented young footballers aren't always considered when they sign with a professional club, according to a new report from Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

The report, submitted to the Scottish Parliament's Petitions Committee report in response to Petition PE1319: Improving youth football in Scotland, found cause for concern with regard to a number of rights in the UNCRC including:

  • Article 3, which says a young person's best interests must be considered in decisions that affect them.
  • Article 12, which says a young person should be able to influence decision-making processes that impact their life.
  • Article 36, which says young people should be protected from all forms of exploitation that could have a negative impact on their welfare.

The report consisted of:

- A children's rights impact assessment around the current registration procedures for young footballers in Scotland.

- A research report looking at the views of young people around youth football in Scotland.

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