Read our response to the passage of the Nationality and Borders Bill

We are appalled that the UK Parliament recently passed the Nationality and Borders Bill.

This is a Bill that goes against both the spirit and the substance of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and is completely at odds with the UN Refugee Convention.

Read our statement here!

Read our State of Children's Rights Report 2022!

The report seeks to inspire and enable everyone in Scotland to put children’s human rights at the heart of everything they do.

Working closely with our members, we have highlighted the importance of children’s participation, child rights budgeting, impact assessments, inclusive communications and more, alongside examples of promising practice, tips and resources to support and inspire others.

We hope our report can serve as a roadmap for all levels of government, the Scottish Parliament, organisations and practitioners as we move towards implementation of the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill.

Read the report here!

Supreme Court issues judgement on children's rights Bill

On 6th October, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgement on the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. 

The Judges decided that four sections of the Bill go beyond the powers of the Scottish Parliament and will need further consideration. 

Together followed proceedings and has produced a blog with everything our members need to know. 

Read our blog here!

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Latest News & Events

3rd May 2022 — Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC
Discovering if human rights are upheld in the UK

A new report has been shared with the United Nations which sets out the extent to which human rights are being upheld across the UK. This is part of the Universal Periodic Review process – where countries who are part of the United Nations review each other’s progress on putting human rights into practice.

3rd May 2022 — Protection from abuse or neglect

Minimum age for marriage to be raised across England and Wales


The minimum age of marriage has will be raised from 16 to 18. This will also apply to religious and cultural marriages not registered with the couples' local council. Children will not face penalties under the new law, but adults who facilitate their marriage within England and Wales, or abroad could face a fine and up to seven years in jail.

3rd May 2022 — Mental health

Theme for 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Week announced


Running from Monday 9th May until Sunday 15th May 2022, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is loneliness, its effect on our mental health and how we can all play a part in reducing loneliness in our communities.

3rd May 2022 — Equal protection from violence

New report and films ‘Peace at the heart: A relational approach to education in British schools’


This new report draws on case studies and evidence to demonstrate the case for integrating peace education into British schools. Accompanying this report are six short films to showcase peace education in action. Each film focuses on a different primary or secondary school that invests in building peace, whether though exploring identity and inclusion, training in conflict resolution, or tackling global issues.

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3rd May 2022 — UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with D
New Down’s Syndrome awareness resource

Disability hate crime is recognised as one of the most underreported crimes in the UK and Mencap estimates that around 97% of disability hate crimes currently go unreported. I Am Me Scotland has launched a new Down's Syndrome Awareness project that aims to educate young people on bullying and disability hate crime.

3rd May 2022 — Refugee and asylum seeking children

Supporting child refugees and their families


If you work with and support refugee children and families in a professional, voluntary or personal capacity, this resource is just for you. Access advice, guidance, information and training in one place to better understand the rights of children who have been displaced.

3rd May 2022 — Recreation, play and cultural activities

Discover how to make the right to play real for parents and children


Play is crucial to children and young people’s health, development and wellbeing. Parents and carers have a crucial role in delivering this right. Find out how incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child can support children and young people to have this right respected, protected and fulfilled.

3rd May 2022 — Looked after children

Resources and information to support Care Experienced individuals interested in further and higher education


The HUB for SUCCESS includes answers to commonly asked questions about the Care-Experienced Students Bursary and Further Education, including how to apply and practical information about how payments are made.

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