About Us

Together is an alliance of Scottish children's charities that works to improve the awareness, understanding and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

We do this by:

  • promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • helping children's organisations to integrate the UNCRC into their work;
  • monitoring and reporting on the progress made at a Scottish and UK level.

Our growing membership is made up of a range of children's charities, from small local playgroups through to large international charities, alongside individuals, academics and professionals with an interest in children's rights.

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Current activities

In 2015, Together produced a non-government report on the implementation of the UNCRC in Scotland which was submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as part of the current periodic review. You can download a copy of the report here.

Together undertook vast desk research to compile the report and consulted with its members prior to finalising the report. The report drew on Together's State of Children's Rights reports which have been published annually since 2010. Find out more about Together's State of Children's Rights Reports here.

Together continues to work with the Scottish Government to help support the production of statutory and non-statutory guidance to accompany the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. This has included supporting the creation of a Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) and a focus on other duties in Part 1 of the Act, as well as work to develop wellbeing assessment indicators in relation to Section 96. Together has also responded to the consultation on guidance to support the implementation of Part 4 and Part 5 of the Act. Further information is available in Together's fortnightly e-newsletter where we publish current news on our activities.

The e-newsletter contains the latest on children's rights in Scotland, the UK and internationally, including news from our members, events, training opportunities, policy developments, funding opportunities and more.

Together continues to respond to a number of Scottish Government and Parliament consultations (as well as some UK consultations); more information can be found on our consultation and responses page here.

Together is also part of two groups working on implementation of Scotland's National Action Plan (SNAP) for Human Rights; one focusing on international treaty body obligations and the other on justice and safety.

Business Documents

 

Business Plan (2013-16)

The business plan for Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) outlining the aims and activities for 2013-16.

Business Plan (2013)

 

Future Structure for NGO Monitoring of the UNCRC in Scotland (2008)

This report was commissioned by the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights (SACR) to identify how the NGO sector in Scotland can effectively contribute to the monitoring of children's human rights. It was commissioned as the UK Hearing on compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was taking place and was undertaken as the Concluding Observations from that Hearing were published. This Report is therefore informed by the reaction to the COs from Government, NGOs and public sector agencies. It includes an overview of current arrangements for monitoring the CRC in Scotland, an examination of the potential of child rights indicators as a monitoring tool, an analysis of the Government and SCCYP's role and recommendations for a future SACR structure.

Future Structure for NGO Monitoring of the UNCRC in Scotland (2008)

 

Memorandum and Articles (1999)

The Memorandum of Association of the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights (known as Together) shows the Company name, that it is registered in Scotland and our purpose. The Articles of Association describe the rules that the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights follows for running the charity.

Memorandum and Articles (1999)

 

Together Finance: Director's Reports

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