Blog: Holiday hunger is a human rights issue

Date: 24th July 2017
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Right to life, survival and development
Author: Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland (CYPCS)

Máire McCormack, Head of Policy at the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland office has written a blog about children from low-income families going hungry during the school holidays.

Holiday hunger and child poverty must be recognised as a significant children's rights issue in Scotland. A sustained and systematic and human rights based approach at both national and local level is needed to address and eradicate it.

Marie highlights the detrimental effect that holidays can have on children's mental and physical wellbeing and how this in turn impacts on their ability to learn -- and ultimately their educational attainment. She also explores many excellent targeted projects in Scotland which aim to address food insecurity and holiday hunger.