In April 2020, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child issued a statement warning of the grave physical, emotional and psychological effects of the pandemic on children. The statement included 11 recommendations on how governments can protect children's human rights during the crisis. These included recommendations about online learning, healthcare, child protection services, participation in decision-making and provision of child-friendly information.
Together is collating briefings from across our membership to track the impact of coronavirus on children and their families. We are mapping these against the UN Committee's 11 recommendations to assess the extent to which these are being met in Scotland and what more needs to happen. You can browse the current information under the relevant headings below.
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Recommendation 1 - limiting restrictions on children's rights
The UN Committee called on governments to consider children's rights and ensure any restrictions are necessary, proportionate and kept to an absolute minimum. The Committee also recommended that governments should use child rights-based budgeting.