The Scottish Government wants to write a new human rights law for Scotland, and has created a National Taskforce to support its work. The Taskforce wanted to know what children and young people think about this!

What is the National Taskforce?

The National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership is a group of experts who are putting together recommendations for a new human rights law. The new law would put all our rights directly into Scotland’s laws. This is known as “incorporation”.

The project builds upon current work to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law.

  • Find out more about the National Taskforce and what rights would be included here.

Children and young people’s views

It is important that the new law is shaped by people’s views and experiences – including children and young people. The National Taskforce wanted to hear what children and young people think about the new law and how it could affect them and their communities.

To support this, Together developed three short briefings to help children and young people understand what human rights incorporation would mean for them. There are three briefings, each focusing on a specific topic:

What happened next?

Together shared with the National Taskforce what children and young people thought about this new law in a report here. 

The National Taskforce then wrote a report to the Scottish Government, drawing from what they heard from children and young people alongside other groups. The report made 30 recommendations to the Scottish Government, they include a the recommendation for a new Bill to be introduced in the next parliamentary session that will incorporate: 

  • the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 
  • the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) 
  • the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 
  • the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Read the report in full here.
Read the summary of key points here.
Read the Easy Read version of the report here.