Theory of Change for Making Children’s Rights Real in Scotland

Date: 8th July 2022
Category: General measures of implementation

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Since the Scottish Parliament made the landmark decision to bring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law, many people and organisations in Scotland have been thinking about how to prepare for this. This work brought together children and adult experts on children’s rights to discover how children’s rights can be realised across Scotland. It identifies gaps in current knowledge and some of the challenges that may occur when embedding children’s rights.

The Theory of Change Making Children’s Rights Real in Scotland was developed between November 2021 and March 2022. Over 60 organisations had an input in the development of this Theory of Change. In addition, research was commissioned which looked at what is already known about embedding children’s rights, analysing  what effects change.

The project has published a full report, summary reports (PDF and interactive) and four Evidence Papers examining each of the four change processes which make up the Theory of Change.

The full report introduces the outcome maps which make up the Theory of Change and provides principles to consider in applying the Theory of Change to your own work. This will be particularly useful to organisations wishing to draw upon this framework to develop holistic, children’s rights-based action plans for UNCRC implementation.

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