"[To be] as good as it can be for future children who get involved." - This is the legacy children and young people want from this current phase of Rights Right Now.
Rights Right Now is a pilot project established to ensure that children and young people are at the heart of discussions around UNCRC Implementation through influencing the UNCRC Strategic Implementation Board’s (SIB) collective leadership and decision-making.
The project was established in September 2021 and currently involves children and young people aged between 10 and 17. The project was originally known as the Interim Children and Young People’s Consortium and renamed by the children and young people to Rights Right Now to reflect their work and create a sense of identity and ownership.
Rights Right Now is coordinated by Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) in partnership with six Together members: Aberlour, Carers Trust Scotland, Children in Scotland, Scottish Commission for Learning Disability, Scottish Youth Parliament, Who Cares? Scotland. The project is underpinned by a commitment to safe, inclusive and trauma-informed practice. Rights, Rights Now is supported by 17 Associate organisations, Professor Laura Lundy and The Observatory for Children’s Human Rights in Scotland.
This participation project offers the opportunity to pilot a model for how children and young people can be involved in governance at a national strategic level. Key learning and recommendations will be used to inform the development of a longer-term project which will align, inform and influence the implementation of children’s rights in Scotland.