State of Children's Rights Reports


State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2015

This report has been compiled by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) and endorsed by 66 NGOs as the alternative report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for Scotland (as part of the United Kingdom). It examines the progress made since 2008 to further the UNCRC and take forward the UN Committee's Concluding Observations. The report provides commentary and scrutiny of the UK Periodic Report submitted in May 2014 and examines the Scottish Government report to the UK, submitted in July 2013.


Particular effort has been made to draw from research that evidences children's views and experiences of the UNCRC, where available. Further information can be drawn from the endnotes which contain a vast range of evidence to underpin our commentary.


We make 109 recommendations for improvements in the implementation of the UNCRC in Scotland. Responsibility for taking these recommendations forward lies across UK and Scottish Government, as well as local government and public bodies.

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2015

 

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2014

The State of Children's Rights report 2014 provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It reflects on the past year since the publication of the State of Children's Rights report 2013,1 discussing what progress has been made and where further efforts are needed.

The report was compiled and produced by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) following wide consultation with children's organisations across Scotland. This involved gathering evidence, research reports and consultation responses from 25 children's organisations working across a wide range of issues including disability, justice and health. This was followed by a series of thematic focus groups on issues including children affected by imprisonment, disability and mental health, and recreation, culture and play. The State of Children's Rights report 2014 is a culmination of the evidence received throughout the consultation alongside further desk research into issues that have been highlighted by Together's members as being of particular priority.

Specifically, the report:

  • recommends the next steps that should be taken to improve children's rights in Scotland; and
  • provides a point of referral against which future efforts can be assessed.

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2014

 

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2013

The State of Children's Rights report 2013 provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It reflects on the past year since the publication of Together's 2012 State of Children's Rights report, discussing what progress has been made and where further efforts are needed.

The report was compiled and produced by Together following wide consultation with children's organisations across Scotland. The consultation involved gathering views and opinions from 135 professionals working with and for children through seminars held in Fife, Edinburgh and Aberdeenshire. This was followed by an online survey completed by fifty-three children's organisations working across a wide range of issues including health, play and child poverty.

The State of Children's Rights report 2013 is a culmination of the feedback received throughout the consultation alongside further desk research into issues that were highlighted as being of particular priority.

The aim of the State of Children's Rights report 2013 is to reflect on the progress outlined by the Scottish Government in its submission to the 5th UK Government Report to the UN Committee and highlight what children's organisations see as being the current key issues.

Specifically, the report:

  • recommends the next steps that should be taken to improve children's rights in Scotland; and
  • provides a point of referral against which future efforts can be assessed.

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2013

 

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2012

This report provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

It reflects on the progress made over the past year since the publication of Together's 2011 State of Children's Rights report, discussing what progress has been made and where further efforts are needed.

The report was compiled and produced by Together following wide consultation with children's organisations across Scotland. The consultation involved gathering views and opinions from over 100 professionals working with and for children through seminars held in Dundee, Dumfries and Glasgow.

This was followed by an online survey completed by seventy-nine children's organisations working across a wide range of issues including looked after children, children of prisoners and additional support needs.

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2012

 

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2011

The report provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It reflects on the progress made over the past year since the publication of Together's 2010 State of Children's Rights report, discussing what progress has been made and where further efforts are needed.

The report was compiled and produced by Together following wide consultation with children's organisations across Scotland. The consultation involved gathering views and opinions from over 250 professionals working with and for children through seminars held in Ayr, Inverness, Aberdeen, the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh. This was followed by an online survey completed by sixty-one children's organisations working across a wide range of issues including mental health and wellbeing, disability, additional support needs, asylum and domestic abuse.

The State of Children's Rights report 2011 is a culmination of the feedback received throughout the consultation alongside further desk research into issues that were highlighted as being of particular priority.

State of Children's Rights in Scotland (2011)

 

State of Children's Rights in Scotland 2010

This report provides a non-governmental perspective on the progress made in Scotland towards implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It particularly looks at the progress made since the launch of the Scottish Government's UNCRC action plan, Do the Right Thing, in September 2009. Combining research, experience and data from nearly 60 children's organisations, it explores the key success and difficulties experienced in enabling children and young people to enjoy the rights enshrined in the UNCRC. It also provides recommendations as to how further progress can be made.

 

State of Children's Rights in Scotland (2010)

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