This section contains information about how children’s rights are protected in Scotland. It is important that children's rights as set out in the UNCRC are protected in law, policy and practice. 

Law

The UNCRC has not been fully incorporated in Scotland. However, certain laws still protect or promote children’s rights.

  • Children’s rights are protected by the Human Rights Act 1998.
  • Scottish Ministers and public bodies have to report on the steps they are taking to further children’s rights under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Read more about the 2014 Act here. 

A commitment to incorporate the "principles" of the UNCRC is contained in the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2018-19. Read more about this commitment here.

Policy

Scottish Government can use child rights and wellbeing impact assessments (CRWIAs) to assess how Scottish Government policies and legislation impact children’s rights. Learn more about CRWIAs here.

Practice

Real change for children and young people can only happen when adults listen to them and act on what is heard. Read more about the ways in which children and young people are involved in decision-making in Scotland here.

Scotland’s National Action Plan for Human Rights (SNAP)

SNAP is a roadmap towards a ‘Scotland where everyone can live with human dignity’. The Scottish Government has given a strong commitment to the Plan. Read more about SNAP here.