Consultation on UNCRC incorporation launched!

Together warmly welcomes the launch of Scottish Government's consultation on the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law. Incorporation has the potential to transform the experience of children, young people and their families across Scotland!

Find out more about the consultation and how to get involved here.

The #RightTime to bring children and young people’s rights into Scots law

Following the First Minister's commitment to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law, we'll be publishing a series of blogs throughout May, which put the spotlight on why this is the #RightTime for Scotland to incorporate! 

Follow the campaign on our blog and across our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

In this 30th anniversary year of the UNCRC, let’s make it happen!

 

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Together is recruiting!

Together is looking for a new member of our team. We're recruiting for a Business Support Officer to join us at Together, are you interested or know someone who would be? 

Apply by Friday the 24th of May! 

For more information and to apply, click the link below. 

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Together works with Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland and international experts on a draft Children's Rights (Scotland) Bill

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) and the Children and Young People Commissioner Scotland have convened an expert Advisory Group to produce a draft Children's Rights (Scotland) Bill to show how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) could be incorporated into Scots law.  On Universal Children's Day, the Advisory Group presented the draft Bill to the Deputy First Minister and Minister for Children and Young People. Find out more here. 

Read our State of Children's Rights reports!

Every year, Together publishes their State of Children's Rights report aimed at monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child in Scotland.  Read all of our past reports here.

State of Childrens Rights reports

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22nd May 2019 — Incorporation
Scottish Government launches consultation on UNCRC incorporation

We warmly welcome the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law. We particularly welcome the clear commitment that legislation is delivered within this parliamentary session and agree with the Scottish Government that incorporation has the potential to transform the experience of children, young people and their families across Scotland.

17th May 2019 — Age of criminal responsibility

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill passed


MSPs have voted to pass the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill. The Bill raises the minimum age at which a child can be held criminally accountable from eight years (the lowest in Europe) to 12. However, it falls short of international recommendations that the minimum age should be at least 14 years. 

17th May 2019 — Equal protection from violence

Together presents evidence to UN Committee against Torture


On 6th May, Together presented oral evidence to the UN Committee against Torture, highlighting key concerns around the strip searching of children and young people, inappropriate placement in detention and mental health provision.

17th May 2019 —

Equal Protection Bill backed by Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee


A majority of MSPs on the Scottish Parliament Equalities and Human Rights Committee have backed the proposal to reform the law to end physical punishment. The Committee released their Stage 1 Report after hearing overwhelming evidence from police, health professionals, social workers and teachers that physical punishment of children doesn’t work and can do harm.

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26th February 2019 — Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities
Children’s Parliament: ‘Wee Book of Promises’

Children’s Parliament has launched a ‘Wee Book of Promises.’ The new booklet communicates the UNCRC in accessible and child-friendly language in a graphic form to children and young people. The booklet will be used in all of Children’s Parliament’s work and Members of Children’s Parliament will receive a copy when they participate in their projects and consultations. The ‘Wee Book of Promises’ can be downloaded online here with printed copies available through direct contact with Children’s Parliament.

12th February 2019 — General measures of implementation

Child Rights Connect: 30th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child


Since 1989 the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has played a central role to improve the lives of children around the world. The CRC is the most holistic human rights treaty, including social, cultural and economic rights, as well as civil and political rights. It defines every human being below 18 years of age as a holder of human rights, taking into account both protection and empowerment necessary to make this notion a reality for every child.

18th December 2018 — Children in conflict with the law

Report - Independent Inquiry into the Children’s Hearing System


The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) and Action for Children have published a report about their independent inquiry into the Children's Hearings System (CHS) in Scotland.  

18th December 2018 — Basic Health and Welfare

Rights, respect and recovery: Scotland's strategy to improve health by preventing and reducing alcohol and drug use


The Scottish Government has published its strategy to improve health by reducing alcohol and drug use in order to prevent harm and related deaths. 

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