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:
- The right to a healthy environment
- The rights of disabled children and young people
- The rights of black and ethnic minority children and young people.
The National Taskforce will now write a report to the Scottish Government. This will draw on what members have heard from children and young people alongside other groups, and make a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government.