UK Government challenges children's rights Bill

The UK Government is concerned that parts of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill may go beyond the powers of the Scottish Parliament.
The UK Supreme Court heard the challenge on 28-29th June 2021. Together followed the case and has written a blog for each day.
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Together submits report to UN Committee

The report highlights 30 key issues for children in Scotland and will inform the initial stages of the UK’s next review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
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17th September 2021 —
Join Together’s State of Children’s Rights webinar series

Together is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of webinars in October 2021 on the State of Children’s Rights in Scotland. The webinar series will offer practical guidance on implementing children’s rights-based approaches, provide support to overcome challenges and offer a space to share examples of promising practice ahead of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill’s implementation.

3rd September 2021 —

Scotland’s Climate Assembly publishes ‘Recommendations for Action’


Scotland’s Climate Assembly is made up of over 100 citizens from all walks of life tasked with examining expert evidence and agreeing recommendations for tackling the climate emergency in a fair and effective way. This report sets out 81 recommendations agreed by consensus, and calls for bold and urgent action now. As Scotland’s Climate Assembly members were aged 16+, the Assembly worked closely with Children’s Parliament to integrate their activity into the Assembly and ensure children’s voices are heard in decision-making. The children’s work was regularly fed back to Assembly members, which helped to shape the Assembly’s final recommendations.

3rd September 2021 — Protection from abuse or neglect

Age Appropriate Design Code comes into force


A landmark piece of regulation has come into force which requires the tech sector to consider children’s privacy, safety and wellbeing in their products and services if they are likely to be accessed by children and young people.

3rd September 2021 — Bullying

Budding young filmmakers – get involved in the #WhatMadeItBetter competition today!


Primary aged children (between P4-P7) and Secondary age young people (under-18) are invited to participate in the #WhatMadeItBetter competition to create imaginative anti-bullying films to be shared and celebrated during Anti-Bullying Week (15-19 November 2021) and beyond.

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3rd September 2021 — Additional support for learning
Six animations for children and young people on their rights to receive additional support for learning

Created to help children and young people with additional support needs to learn about their rights and how to use them, these animations cover a range of topics including: exclusion; coordinated support plans; and responsibilities held by public bodies to identify, provide for and review additional support needs.

23rd August 2021 — Equal protection from violence

Remove unwanted images shared online


The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) and Childline have created a new tool for under-18s who want to report, and to have removed, pictures or videos of themselves.

23rd August 2021 — Equal protection from violence

Podcast: Why domestic abuse is a child protection issue


This episode discusses the complexities of domestic abuse and why it is a safeguarding and child protection issue.

23rd August 2021 — Family Environment and Alternative Care

Supporting good practice with care experienced children and young people in custody


The Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), in collaboration with the Scottish Child Law Centre, has produced a new resource to support Scottish solicitors and practitioners with Good Practice Principles when representing care experienced children in police custody, to ensure their rights are upheld.

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