The UNCRC in Scotland seminar series 2017

This series of four one-day interdisciplinary and cross-sector seminars will seek to improve -- and address gaps -- in the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRC in Scotland. Each seminar will examine the UNCRC from the perspectives of law, practice, policy and next steps for implementation. The seminar series is being held in partnership between Together, the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh, and the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP) at the University of Stirling. The series has been funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII).

The seminar series runs as follows:

1. The UNCRC in Law: Friday 10th February 2017
2. The UNCRC in Practice: Monday 20th March 2017
3. The UNCRC in Policy: Monday 24th April 2017
4. The UNCRC Going Forwards: Thursday 1st June 2017

1. The UNCRC in Law

The first seminar explored the strengths and weaknesses of using legislation to progress UNCRC implementation. Dr Simon Hoffman and Professor Ursula Kilkelly examined important trends in the incorporation or near-incorporation of children's rights principles into national and domestic law throughout Wales and Europe. Clan Childlaw presented some of the current legal issues facing children in Scotland whose rights under the UNCRC are not being upheld.

The outputs gathered from the seminar will help support the implementation of the Children and Young People 2014 Act and ensure children's rights approaches are taken forward at a local and national government level.

A number of materials have been created from the first seminar. These can be accessed below to aid understanding and context between seminars.

2. The UNCRC in Practice

The second seminar explored methods through which children and young people's views and experiences are - and could be - used to inform legislative and policy developments and how children's rights are fulfilled in practice. Gerison Lansdown discussed research developments and learning in children's participation over the past 25 years.

The seminar also explored practice models and participation strategies through the Children's Parliament, Who Cares? Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament. A set of priorities will be developed for research and practice as a result of the workshops run by children and young people themselves.

A number of materials have been created from the second seminar. These can be accessed below to aid understanding and context between seminars.

3. The UNCRC in Policy

The third seminar will use learning from participants to explore how new policy developments - such as those relating to child rights impact assessments and planning in children's services - can provide opportunities to further children's rights and their participation in policy developments. The seminar aims to inform new models of UNCRC implementation that support public bodies to meet new obligations under the 2014 Act.

The seminar will be divided into three sessions and each will examine different policy developments regarding children and young people in Scotland. The first session will explore children and young people's participation in policy developments, the second will explore the experiences and impact of Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments (CRWIA) through multiple perspectives and the final session will look at the planning and implementation of Part 1 and Part 3 of the 2014 Act.


Young People's project

At the UNCRC in Law and Practice, we were pleased to welcome 3 Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and 3 Members of the Glasgow Youth Council. These 6 young people are taking part throughout the seminar series to create a series of videos covering the seminar's key messages, and to inform a creative project taking part in June in partnership with the Children's Parliament at the close of the seminar series. They will be taking notes throughout each seminar, and accompanied by briefing sessions with Together, will work with us to create a set of child-friendly briefings from each seminar.


Young Scot are supporting 'the UNCRC in Scotland' project through a series of short videos that will be made for each seminar. This first video taken at 'the UNCRC in Law' on February 10th captures the key messages from speaker presentations, and we hear from Members of the Glasgow Youth Council and MSYPs on their take-home interpretations of the day.




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