Our members' and supporters' manifestos 2011

Date: 28th April 2011
Category: General measures of implementation

Many of Together's members and supporters have launched manifestos to outline clear demands for the Scottish elections in May 2011 and to press political parties to commit to support the rights of children and young people.

Here is a selection of their manifestos:


UNICEF UK calls on all political parties to champion the rights of every child in Scotland by making the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child part of Scots law. This would make the Convention directly applicable in Scottish courts of law and help ensure that the duties the Convention places on wider society to protect children and support their development are better understood.


Human Rights Consortium Scotland has published its manifesto which asks prospective Scottish MSPs to explicitly support the human rights agenda and specifically the design and delivery of public services based on the human rights principles of Fairness, Respect, Equality, Dignity and Autonomy.


Parenting across Scotland manifesto calls on the Scottish Government to 'family-proof' their policies, invest in the importance of parenting, ensure that families get the help they need when they need it, ensure that adequate childcare is available and that employers are family friendly.


The YouthLink Scotland's manifesto warns of the dangers of allowing another 'lost generation' of young people to be failed by society, and argues that Scotland will pay a high price if we fail to invest in youth work at a time when many young people are struggling to cope with the effects of the economic crisis.


This youth manifesto represents the purpose of the Scottish Youth Parliament - an organisation which represents Scotland's diverse 14-25 year old population and provides a forum for them to express their views and ideas, and a vehicle to help them campaign for change on the issues which are most important to them. The Youth Manifesto is therefore a key tool in our role as the democratic voice of Scotland's Young People.


The Scottish Out of School Care Network launched a manifesto and a video "The Benefits of Out of School Care" which asks children, staff and parents about their experiences and benefits of out of school care, and shows how out of school care is a vital resource for children and families in Scotland today.