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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10th December 2018 — Civil Rights and Freedoms
Together signs joint letter to the Prime Minister, calling for a commitment to safeguarding universal human rights

To mark Human Rights Day on the 10th December 2018, Together has signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for a commitment to safeguarding universal human rights as the UK prepares to exit the European Union.

4th December 2018 — Protection of privacy

Countdown to Human Rights Day: Together joins #AllOurRights10 Campaign

Together’s Director, Juliet Harris, is one of ten individuals to be featured in a short film series sharing stories of people working to protect and promote human rights produced by the Scottish Human Rights Commission to mark the countdown to Human Rights Day.

4th December 2018 — Children of prisoners

Together’s Director presents at Families Outside’s National Conference

At Families Outside’s National Conference last month, Juliet Harris gave a presentation on the significance of the Council of Europe’s Guidelines to protect children of imprisoned parents.

4th December 2018 — Civil Rights and Freedoms

Getting Rights Right: New Report from Equalities and Human Rights Committee endorses Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporate UNCRC in Scots Law

Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee has published its report on Human Rights in Scotland which welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporate the principles of the UNCRC into Scots Law.  The Committee calls for the commitment to be taken forward in this parliamentary session.

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4th December 2018 — Recreation, play and cultural activities
Research Briefing - Look who’s talking: Using creative, playful arts-based methods with young children

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde have published a research briefing on their work exploring the use of creative, playful arts-based methods in research with young children.  

4th December 2018 — Education, including vocational education

Report - ‘It’s time for something new’ A Consultation on School Food and Drink

As part of the Scottish Government’s consultation on Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland), Children’s Parliament facilitated workshops with children and young people in order to explore their views on and experiences of the food and drinks provided in school.  In addition to the workshops, an online survey about school food was facilitated with a further 201 children and young people between P4 and S6 from six of the schools.  

4th December 2018 — Civil Rights and Freedoms

Report - Equally Safe: Year One Update

The Scottish Government has published the first annual progress report for Equally Safe, its strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

4th December 2018 — Children affected by substance misuse

Alcohol Framework 2018: Scotland

The Scottish Government has published an updated framework on preventing harmful alcohol use which aims to put the voices of children and young people at the heart of the development of preventative measures on alcohol use. As the latest figures reveal, Scotland has high rates of alcohol-related harm in international terms, as does the UK. In 2016, total alcohol consumption in the UK was more than 16% above the European regional average (WHO, 2018).

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