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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