The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty which sets out the rights every child has. The UK ratified the UNCRC in 1991 but it has not yet been made part of domestic law. This means that many of the protections contained within it are not accessible to children and young people across the UK.
Scotland is in a unique position to make children's rights part of its laws. This process is called incorporation.
UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill
The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 1st September 2020 and was passed unanimously on 16th March 2021. The main purpose of the Bill is bring the UNCRC into Scots law.
The Bill is a milestone on Scotland’s journey towards making rights real for every child. It follows a decade of developments that have been furthering children’s rights across legislation, policy and practice in Scotland – including GIRFEC, the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, Scottish Government's 2018-21 Action Plan, and most recently the Children (Scotland) Act 2020.
Campaigning by children, young people and wider civil society has led to where Scotland is today!