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 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.

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18th June 2019 — General measures of implementation
New National Taskforce to lead on human rights in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced a new National Taskforce to lead on human rights in Scotland. 

6th June 2019 — General measures of implementation

Together guest-edits special International Human Rights Journal

A special edition of the International Journal of Human Rights has been published, guest-edited by Together staff with Dr Andressa Gadda and Professor Kay Tisdall.  The special edition, Human Rights Monitoring and Implementation, aims to enhance the critical evidence and strategic approach to implementing human rights in practice, outlining efforts in ensuring children can exercise their UNCRC rights in their day-to-day lives.

6th June 2019 —

Scottish Human Rights Commission Strategic Priorities 2020–24

The Scottish Human Rights Commission is developing its Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2024. To help set their priorities and improve how they work, they would like to hear from people and organisations from across Scotland. 

6th June 2019 — Freedom of association and peaceful assembly

Calls for children’s input into standards for child campaigning

For the past several months, dozens of partners, including Child Rights Connect have been involved in defining sector ‘Standards for Child Campaigning’. The Standards aim to define how civil society should best enable child led / centered civic action and campaigning and to shift practices away from “fitting children’s participation into adult led organization’s priorities and activities” to an approach where “adult led organizations support children’s priorities”.  

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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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