Together works with Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland and international experts on a draft Children's Rights (Scotland) Bill

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) and the Children and Young People Commissioner Scotland have convened an expert Advisory Group to produce a draft Children's Rights (Scotland) Bill to show how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) could be incorporated into Scots law.  On Universal Children's Day, the Advisory Group presented the draft Bill to the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Children and Young People. Find out more here. 

Special Rapporteur on Poverty visits Scotland

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, is taking part in an official visit to the UK from 6 to 16 November 2018 at the invitation of the UK Government. His visit will focus on the links between poverty and the realisation of human rights.  Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) has made a submission to his inquiry and will be meeting him when he visits Scotland.  Read our response here.

UN Day of Discussion - Children as Human Rights Defenders!

This year, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child held the Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Children as Human Rights Defenders.  Together worked with national and international partners to help coordinate planning for the day and empower children human rights defenders in Scotland. 18 children and young people from across Scotland travelled to Geneva to take part in the day.  Find out more about the day and related activities here. 

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Read our State of Children's Rights reports!

Every year, Together publishes their State of Children's Rights report aimed at monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in Scotland.  Read all of our past reports here.

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Latest News & Events

11th February 2019 — Respect for the views of the child
University of Strathclyde: Call for Case Study Contributions

Contributions wanted for ‘Theory and Practice of Voice in Early Childhood: A Guide for the Early Years’.

11th February 2019 — Access to appropriate information

Police Scotland Youth Hub: Call for Feedback

In 2018, Police Scotland launched its first dedicated Facebook page for young people along with re-designing its digital platforms to ensure information is available when needed.

11th February 2019 — Awareness-raising

Scottish Government Publishes Action Plan for Children’s Rights

Scottish Government has published an Action Plan and Report for Children’s Rights entitled ‘Progressing Human Rights for Children in Scotland’.

4th February 2019 — UN Convention Against Torture

Call for Members’ Views: Committee against Torture Review of the UK 2019

Together will be submitting a shadow report as part of the UN Committee against Torture 2019 Review of the UK. We want to hear from our members about their key concerns so these can be reflected in the report. 

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12th February 2019 — General measures of implementation
Child Rights Connect: 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Since 1989 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has played a central role to improve the lives of children around the world. The CRC is the most holistic human rights treaty, including social, cultural and economic rights, as well as civil and political rights. It defines every human being below 18 years of age as a holder of human rights, taking into account both protection and empowerment necessary to make this notion a reality for every child.

18th December 2018 — Children in conflict with the law

Report - Independent Inquiry into the Children’s Hearing System

The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) and Action for Children have published a report about their independent inquiry into the Children's Hearings System (CHS) in Scotland.  

18th December 2018 — Basic Health and Welfare

Rights, respect and recovery: Scotland's strategy to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use

The Scottish Government has published its strategy to improve health by reducing alcohol and drug use in order to prevent harm and related deaths. 

18th December 2018 — Domestic Abuse

Resource - Domestic abuse Statistics 2017/18 in Scotland

The Scottish Government has published statistics for 2017/18 on domestic abuse in Scotland. Figures reveal that the police recorded there were 243 victims and 116 young people accused of domestic abuse who were under 16-years-old in Scotland in 2017/18.  

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