Children's rights and parenting


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) defines the context in which parenting takes place. It promotes parenting that is respectful of the child's best interests and considerate of the needs of parents.

It states that a child is entitled to care, security and an upbringing that is respectful of their rights and individuality. The UNCRC outlines the role of anyone responsible for caring for a child in guaranteeing and promoting the rights of the child and ensuring that their best interests are always taken into account.

It also outlines how parents should fulfil their responsibilities and is clear that the state should provide parents with the necessary level of support they need to fulfil their role.


National Parenting Strategy

In October 2012, the Scottish Government published a 'National Parenting Strategy' for Scotland.

The National Parenting Strategy focuses on valuing and supporting Scotland's parents as one of the single biggest ways of giving children the best start in life. Parenting refers to anyone with a parenting role of children of all ages from the early years right through the teenage years and into young adults.

The Scottish Government hope that the Strategy will make it easier for parents to understand the positive difference they can make to their child's development; to help them feel confident in their ability to care for their children; to feel reassured that help is available if and when they need support and ultimately making parenting an even more rewarding experience.

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