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. 

Special Rapporteur on Poverty visits Scotland

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Professor Philip Alston, is taking part in an official visit to the UK from 6 to 16 November 2018 at the invitation of the UK Government. His visit will focus on the links between poverty and the realisation of human rights.  Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) has made a submission to his inquiry and will be meeting him when he visits Scotland.  Read our response here.

UN Day of Discussion - Children as Human Rights Defenders!

This year, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child held the Day of General Discussion (DGD) on Children as Human Rights Defenders.  Together worked with national and international partners to help coordinate planning for the day and empower children human rights defenders in Scotland. 18 children and young people from across Scotland travelled to Geneva to take part in the day.  Find out more about the day and related activities here. 

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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.

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18th December 2018 — Other human rights treaties and mechanisms
Together celebrates Human Rights Day 2018, marking 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Together took part in the Scottish Parliament’s Human Rights Day Takeover, a one-day conference to mark the 70th anniversary of the United Nations adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Throughout the day, there was a strong focus on the rights of children and young people and the role children and young people play in defending human rights across Scotland and internationally.  

18th December 2018 — Family Environment and Alternative Care

Together welcomes announcement that the UN General Assembly’s 2019 rights resolution will focus on children without parental care


The UN General Assembly has announced it has selected ‘children without parental care’ as the theme for the 2019 ‘Rights of the Child’ resolution. Together welcomes this announcement, having been part of the global coalition of NGOs who called for UN Member States to adopt this resolution.  

18th December 2018 — Restraint

Commissioner’s first legal investigation finds children and young people’s rights are at risk of being violated due to lack of clear restraint and seclusion policies in schools across Scotland


Following an investigation into ‘Restraint and Seclusion in Scotland's Schools’, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland’s new report considers the existence and impact of local authority policies and recording mechanisms and highlights the rights issues at stake for children and young people.  

18th December 2018 — Incorporation

I is for Incorporation: Members of Children’s Parliament call for incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law


As part of their A-Z #CPYearinReview, Children’s Parliament has published an article capturing children’s views on and calls for incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law.  

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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. 

18th December 2018 — Domestic Abuse

Resource - Domestic abuse Statistics 2017/18 in Scotland


The Scottish Government has published statistics for 2017/18 on domestic abuse in Scotland. Figures reveal that the police recorded there were 243 victims and 116 young people accused of domestic abuse who were under 16-years-old in Scotland in 2017/18.  

18th December 2018 — Children in conflict with the law

Report - Prosecution of young people in Scotland


The Scottish Government has produced a thematic report reviewing the effectiveness of Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service's (COPFS) processes and procedures for prosecuting offenders up to the age of 18.  

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