UNCRC Incorporation Bill is introduced to Scottish Parliament

The introduction of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill marks the culmination of over 10 years of campaigning by children, young people and wider civil society. It is a significant step on Scotland’s journey towards making rights real for every child!

Scottish Government has said the Bill will "deliver a revolution in children’s rights by incorporating the UNCRC into Scots law by the end of this parliament"


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Share your COVID-19 briefings and children and young people's views here

Together is gathering briefings and children and young people's views around COVID-19 to encourage Scottish and UK Government to take a children's human rights-based approach to COVID-19.

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Scottish Government reports on its approach to children’s rights during COVID-19

Scottish Government has published two documents on the steps it is taking to promote, protect and respect children’s human rights during the current pandemic. The reports were prepared in response to the statement by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in April which set out 11 recommendations on what governments should do to take a children’s rights-based approach to the crisis.

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Read our new State of Children’s Rights Report!

This is the latest edition in our annual series looking at what's been done to progress children's human rights in Scotland and what more needs to happen. We have also produced a child-friendly version aimed at younger readers. Follow the link below!
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12th October 2020 — Basic Health and Welfare
Young people invited to join Lockdown Lowdown focus group

YouthLink Scotland is supporting Scottish Youth Parliament to run a series of focus groups, alongside the Lockdown Lowdown survey. The focus groups will explore in detail the issues currently affecting young people and findings will be used to inform Scottish Government about how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of young people.

12th October 2020 — Child poverty

COVID-19 impacting Scotland’s poorest families the most

Includem asked young people and families about their experiences of meeting day-to-day costs and what impact COVID-19 has had on them. Two thirds of respondents reliant on social security reported they were in a worse financial position now than before the pandemic and half said their debt was greater.

12th October 2020 — Basic Health and Welfare

How is COVID-19 affecting young children?

Public Health Scotland developed the COVID-19 Early Years Resilience and Impact Survey to find out about the experience and impact of COVID-19 on children aged two to seven years old in Scotland. Over 11,000 parents and carers from all over Scotland responded.

12th October 2020 — Basic Health and Welfare

Broken Plate report analyses the state of the UK’s food system

Ten metrics have been used to provide a holistic picture of the UK’s food system, encompassing the food environment, drivers of food choice and the impact of the current food system on our health and the environment.

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12th October 2020 — Children in conflict with the law
A guide to youth justice: policy, practice and legislation

The guide covers a wide variety of themes, including children’s rights, early and effective intervention, risk management, diversity, restorative justice, adversity and justice, mental health, and speech and language communication needs.

12th October 2020 — Awareness-raising

Activate your rights

‘Activate your rights’ is a resource pack that aims to  raise children and young people’s awareness of their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Its launch comes as Scotland moves to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law.

12th October 2020 — Health and health services

Video resources on preventing accidents at home

ROSPA has released a series of webinar recordings on preventing accidents at home. These cover a range of safety-related topics including how to keep a child safe around water, fire safety, Halloween and firework safety, discussions about inequalities and unintentional injuries.

12th October 2020 — Recreation, play and cultural activities

Activities to do at home

This resources hub includes an ever-growing list of fun activity ideas to fuel learning at home.  

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