New UK Concluding Observations published on 09.06.16

Date: 10th June 2016
Category: Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child released the Concluding Observations for the UK on Thursday 9th June 2016.

  • Download the UK Concluding Observations here.

On May 23rd-24th 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reviewed the UK's, including Scotland's, performance on implementing the UNCRC. For the first time since 2008, Members of the UN Committee directed a series of questions to a delegation of UK officials, including a Scottish Government official, to assess the extent to which children's rights are protected, respected and fulfilled in Scotland and more widely across the UK.

Together's Director Juliet Harris and Chair Fiona Jones were in Geneva for the examination - working alongside members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Scotland's Children's Commissioner - to ensure the UN Committee was fully briefed on where Scotland is making progress in progressing children's rights, and where further commitment is needed.

As a result of this examination, the UN Committee made this series of recommendations (known as Concluding Observations) to set out where further action needs to be taken by the Scottish and UK Government. Together is pleased that many of these recommendations reflect on the issues and concerns brought to our attention by our members through our State of Children's Rights seminars, surveys and annual reports.

The examination and resultant Concluding Observations have been lived Tweeted using the hashtag #CRCScotland16 and can be reviewed via Together's Twitter @Together_sacr

A full analysis on the Concluding Observations will be provided next week as part of Together's fornightly e-newsletter.