The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 put the UNCRC into a Scottish statute for the first time. It encourages Scottish Ministers and public bodies to consider children’s rights and requires them to prepare reports on what they are doing to progress children’s rights. The Act also gives more powers to the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland.
Part 1 of the 2014 Act places duties on Scottish Ministers and on certain public bodies to report on what they are doing to progress children’s rights in their work. These duties provide an opportunity to mainstream children’s rights into decision making. However, they only require Scottish Ministers and public bodies to report on UNCRC implementation. They do not provide a way of enforcing rights if they are violated. Read more about these duties by expanding the boxes.