Children share their views on the UNCRC Incorporation Bill

Date: 19th November 2020
Category: Incorporation

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Over 50 children and young people took part in two online engagement sessions on the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. The sessions gave members of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee (EHRiC) an opportunity to hear children and young people’s views , including their ideas for improving the Bill. The sessions were hosted by Together in partnership with seven member organisations.

Children and young people shared their views on a range of issues, including:

  • Whether the Bill would make it easier for them to access their rights;
  • What Scottish Government and public authorities can do to ensure children’s views are listened to and taken into account;
  • How children and young people would like to learn about their rights; and
  • What the Bill could do to make children’s rights stronger

Children and young people’s views on these issues have been reflected in a report by the Committee and taken into account by MSPs to inform the Bill. MSPs who joined the calls included Gillian Martin MSP, Ruth Maguire MSP (Committee Convenor) and Fulton MacGregor MSP.

Together would like to thank the children and young people, MSPs, Carers Trust Scotland, Scottish Youth Parliament, Children’s Parliament, Licketyspit, YouthLink Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children in Scotland for participating.