Help us tell the United Nations about the state of children’s human rights in Scotland!

We need your help to find out the top three human rights issues facing children and young people across Scotland!

To help us, please complete our short survey or share our child-friendly survey with the children and young people you support.

Your views will help inform the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s reporting!

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Raising our concerns to the Commissioner for Human Rights!

We've joined children's rights alliances across all four nations to raise our concerns over the repeal of the Human Rights Act. 

 

Read our joint letter 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

1st July 2022 — Other human rights treaties and mechanisms
Expressing our concerns over the repeal of the Human Rights Act

Alongside Children’s Rights Alliance for England, part of Just for Kids Law, Children in Law and the Children's Law Centre, we have written to the Commissioner for Human Rights. Within our letter, we highlight our concerns over the repeal of the Human Rights Act with the Rights Removal Bill. 

10th June 2022 — Equal protection from violence

Children’s charities urge Scottish Government to include all children in Bairn’s Hoose


The joint letter, coordinated by CYCJ and supported by 19 organisations, says that children who are accused of offending behaviour should also be supported through the Bairns’ Hoose, as well as child victims and witnesses.

9th June 2022 — Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC

Help us report to the United Nations by taking part in our new survey!


We’re looking to write a report on the state of children’s rights in Scotland and share this with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Our report will inform the UN Committee's recommendations on what the Scottish and UK governments should be doing to better respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights. To help gather an on-the-ground picture of children’s rights in Scotland, we really need to hear from children, young people and YOU!

9th June 2022 — Basic Health and Welfare

New Climate Changemakers impact report


Discover the journey, learning and impact of the work of the Climate Changemakers from October 2020 to February 2022. Climate Changemakers are children across Scotland who are working to have their say in climate action! They have made recommendations for the future realisation of children’s rights in the context of the climate action and deliberative democracy.

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9th June 2022 — General measures of implementation
Training tool to introduce you to children’s rights

This training tool aims to further people’s understanding of children’s rights. It does this by providing an overview of children’s rights and introduces rights-based frameworks and legislation.

9th June 2022 — Special Protection Measures

Watch three new videos on the sentencing young people guideline


Three short, animated videos have been created to explain the key themes of the sentencing young people guideline.

9th June 2022 — Protection of privacy

Missed the launch of the Child Online Safety Toolkit? Catch up here!


Watch the virtual launch of this global online safety toolkit which can assist policymakers and practitioners to build a digital world that supports children and young people.

9th June 2022 — Civil Rights and Freedoms

Free bus travel scheme for young people is now live!


Share more information about the free bus travel scheme for young people! Here is all the information young people may want to know about the scheme including how to apply, the benefits and top tips for travelling.

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