Scottish Government reiterates commitment to incorporation timetable
Date: 5th May 2020
Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, has restated Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) within the current parliamentary term and to introduce a Bill later this year. The commitment comes as Scottish Government works to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen its work reprioritised and changes to the legislative programme.
In a letter to the Independent Incorporation Advisory Group convened by Together and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, the Minister writes that Scottish Government "will continue to ensure the rights of children and young people are protected as we tackle this crisis and beyond". She writes that the Bill will aim to ensure there is a proactive culture of everyday accountability for children’s rights across public services and that it is Scottish Government’s intention that the Bill will result in the “highest protection for children’s rights possible”.
The current crisis has meant challenges to children and young people’s rights have become even more acute, particularly for children living in poverty, disabled children, young carers, care experienced children and children at risk of harm. In uncertain times like these, the importance of legal protections for children and young people’s human rights is more evident than ever. Together wholeheartedly welcomes the Minister's commitment.