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  • New guidance on taking a children's human rights approach

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation

    This guidance from Scottish Government provides a brief summary of human rights, children’s rights and the UNCRC, it also raises awareness of the ambition for children’s human rights in Scotland and sets out the Scottish Government’s actions to implement the UNCRC to date. It provides information and resources to support you to take a children’s human rights approach to planning and delivery of services.

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  • Young children's right to be heard on the quality of their education

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

    This article explores whether young children's right to be heard, especially regarding education quality, has experienced a form of 'rights inflation'—an expansion beyond the legal framework or an interpretation surpassing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) text.

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  • Scottish Parliament to consult on Age of Marriage

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation

    The Scottish Government is actively reviewing the legal age of marriage following the recommendation from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to prohibit marriages involving individuals under 18 in Scotland.

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  • Northern Ireland governing bodies fail to consider children and young people’s rights in budget allocation

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation

     The Children’s Law Centre is challenging the Equality Commission over advice provided to relevant authorities in connection with the 2023-24 budget set by Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris. This budget, implemented in the absence of a Stormont Executive, involved significant cuts to education and school funding.

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  • Participation of civil society organisations in UN treaty review processes at risk

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation, Civil Rights and Freedoms

    It is no longer mandatory for the UN to provide online participation for official UN meetings, including those held by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, which will limit the direct participation of civil society organisations, children and young people in the UN Treaty Review process. The International Service for Human Rights has gathered over 220 signatures from civil society organisations including Together, endorsing a letter that advocates for ensuring live online mechanisms of participation are maintained.

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  • Next General Comment to focus on children’s right to access justice and effective remedies

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation, Special protection measures

    During its 95th session in January 2024, the Committee on the Rights of the Child decided to draft a General Comment on children’s right to access to justice and effective remedies.

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  • International Court of Justice makes judgement in South Africa v. Israel case

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation

    South Africa presented its case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), alleging Israel had committed genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. The Order of 26 January 2024 by the International Court of Justice established that there is a real and imminent risk of irreparable damage to some of the rights asserted by South Africa and instructed Israel to prevent its military from committing acts which might be considered genocidal, to prevent and punish incitement to genocide, and to enable humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza.

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  • Council of Europe publishes draft Convention on Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation

    The Council of Europe’s Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAI) has decided to publish a draft of its Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law. The UK has not yet indicated if it intends to become a signatory.

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  • Wellbeing and Sustainable Development (Scotland) Bill

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare, General measures of implementation

    Closing date: 14 February 2024

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  • Call for views: Scotland’s commissioner landscape: a strategic approach

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

    Closing date: 11 March 2024

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  • Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

    Closing date: 21st April 2024

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  • National Good Food Nation Plan

    Date: 9th February 2024
    Category: Disability, Basic Health and Welfare

    Closing date: 22nd April 2024

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  • Education reform: Together’s consultation response

    Date: 8th February 2024
    Category: Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

    The Scottish Government published a consultation for education reform last autumn. The consultation paper specifically focused on the new qualifications body and new approaches to inspection. 

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  • A Human Rights Bill for Scotland - Independent Analysis of Consultation Responses

    Date: 8th February 2024
    Category: Other human rights treaties and mechanisms

    The Scottish Government ran a written consultation between 15 June 2023 and 5 October 2023, seeking views on a Human Rights Bill for Scotland (referred to as ‘the Bill’).  Alma Economics was commissioned by the Scottish Government to analyse the responses to the consultation

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  • Statement: Ofgem must do more to protect children’s rights from impact of forced pre-payment meters and energy disconnection

    Date: 8th February 2024
    Category: Child poverty

    Energy regulator Ofgem recently granted permission for three energy companies to restart a previously banned activity of force-fitting pre-payment meters in the homes of the most vulnerable. Read on to hear what Scotland’s Children and Young People’s Commissioner has said about the dangers of the practice for children and young people and their families.

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  • Creating a play friendly community with children

    Date: 8th February 2024
    Category: Recreation, play and cultural activities, Planning and community

    This research project by Silvia Veiga Seijo a PhD student at Queen Margaret University was created with children (based on children rights participation) about creating a play friendly community in Whitecraig, (East Lothian). The report was co-created by 17 children as co researchers alongside Silvia, and it is founded on children’s voices and perspectives.

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  • Media Ambassadors’ films 2023

    Date: 8th February 2024
    Category: Young carers

    The Media Ambassadors are a group of young carers, aged 16-18 who have taken part in film making training over the summer and attended the Scottish young carers festival to create films on issues important to them. This year, the group have created four films around the themes of transitions, mental health support, financial support and greater awareness of who young carers are.

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  • Now recruiting: help shape our State of Children’s Rights Report 2024!

    Date: 19th January 2024
    Category: Scotland-specific monitoring and reporting, Respect for the views of the child

    Together is looking to recruit five organisations to join the development phase for our 2024 State of Children’s Rights Report. We’re looking for organisations who can support children and young people to test some draft engagement materials, provide us feedback and support us to create versions in alternative formats.

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  • Royal assent for UNCRC Bill!

    Date: 17th January 2024
    Category: General measures of implementation, UNCRC Optional Protocols and General Comments

    On the 16th of January 2024, royal assent was granted for the UNCRC Bill meaning its now officially an Act!  Most of its provisions will come into force in six months’ time (16th July 2024).

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  • World Children’s Day 2023: what you may have missed

    Date: 18th December 2023
    Category: General measures of implementation

    To mark World Children's Day 2023, Together released new research on the participation of children and young people in processes to monitor UNCRC implementation at local, national and international level. There was also an update from the Minister for Children and Young People as she released a conversation with young people about her next steps for incorporation.

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