Children’s Commissioner releases new strategic plan

Date: 1st May 2020
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Family Environment and Alternative Care

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has set out its new strategic plan for the next four years, informed by legislation and the views of children and young people.

The main concerns expressed by children and young people relate to mental health, child poverty and climate justice. To tackle these, the strategic plan has laid out two objectives:

  1. To nurture a culture of children and young people’s human rights in Scotland
  2. Make sure that children and young people’s human rights are at the centre of law, policies and practice.

Together agrees with the Commissioner that to achieve these two objectives, incorporation of the UNCRC is critical. As Bruce Adamson stated, incorporation will ‘give children and their families the ability to seek justice when children’s human rights are breached and will focus the minds of decision-makers on ensuring they deliver on children’s human rights.’