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  • Cabinet Ministers commit to 18 actions following 3rd Annual Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People

    Date: 25th June 2019
    Category: General measures of implementation, Civil Rights and Freedoms

    In a letter to third sector stakeholders, the Deputy First Minster, and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, announced Scottish Government's commitment to take forward 18 actions agreed with children and young people. This follows the third annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people from the Children’s Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament which took place in March 2019.

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  • The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill receives Royal Assent

    Date: 25th June 2019
    Category: General measures of implementation, General principles, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare

    The Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill received royal assent on the 11th June 2019. The (now) Act will increase the minimum age at which a child can be found criminally responsible from 8, the lowest in Europe, to 12 years old.

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  • State of Scotland's Foster Care report launched by The Fostering Network

    Date: 25th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare, General measures of implementation

    The survey of 500 foster carers covered key practice and workforce issues such as placement stability, training and support for carers, and status and authority of the workforce.

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  • Together’s recommendations to the First Minister: Incorporate UN treaty rights into Scots law

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Incorporation, General measures of implementation, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Policies & procedures, Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC

    Together, along with our civil society partners, has written to the First Minister calling for a strong and effective legal framework to progress human rights in Scotland.

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  • Scottish Government responds to review of mental health services at Polmont

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare, Family Environment and Alternative Care, Children in conflict with the law, Special protection measures

    Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf’s response included a commitment to develop a bespoke mental health strategy for young people, end the routine use of strip searches and to “explore options” for a pilot of in cell phones to support family contact.

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  • Children & vulnerable adults still being detained at Dungavel

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare, Refugee and asylum seeking children, Special protection measures

    New figures show that 21 children were detained in Dungavel Immigration Removal Centre between 2010-2018. Some of the young people were held there until they were moved to immigration centers in England.

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  • Protection against Female Genital Mutilation to be improved

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Basic Health and Welfare

    A new Bill seeks to introduce Protection Orders specifically designed to safeguard women and children who might find themselves under pressure to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).

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  • UN expert condemns entrenched racial discrimination and inequality in the UK

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Freedom of thought, conscience and religion, General principles

    The UN’s expert on racism and human rights has said that the UK Government’s policies exacerbate discrimination, stoke xenophobic sentiment and further entrench racial inequality.

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  • Supreme Court rules English and Welsh local authorities can be held liable for failing to protect children from harm.

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Family Environment and Alternative Care, General principles, Basic Health and Welfare

    The UK’s Supreme Court has issued a judgment to restore the right of children to sue local authorities for negligence where councils have failed to protect them from harm.

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  • 1 in 7 of MEPs is now a Child Rights Champion!

    Date: 24th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms

    More than one hundred Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have committed to breaking cycles of inequality, investing in children and listening to children’s voices.

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  • Day of General Discussion 2020: Alternative Care

    Date: 19th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms

    The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has selected the topic for the next Day of General Discussion to be held tentatively in September 2020 and it is alternative care! The proposal was submitted by a group of organisations led by Lumos.

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  • Global researchers on child internet use gather at Innocenti

    Date: 19th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Access to appropriate information

    Members of Global Kids Online (GKO), an international research project supporting rigorous cross-national evidence generation on children’s internet use, gathered at UNICEF Innocenti this week.

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  • New National Taskforce to lead on human rights in Scotland

    Date: 18th June 2019
    Category: General measures of implementation, Incorporation, Civil Rights and Freedoms

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

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  • Rise Up: Amnesty International's course for young people interested in achieving social change.

    Date: 14th June 2019
    Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms

    Amnesty International has launched Rise Up which is a fully funded, one-year course designed to equip young people who are passionate about Human Rights with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to make positive change happen in their communities.

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  • The 2018 Day of General Discussion (DGD) outcome report is adopted!

    Date: 14th June 2019
    Category: General measures of implementation, Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC

    The 2018 DGD outcome report is adopted! We are delighted to announce that the CRC Committee has adopted the 2018 DGD outcome report on Protecting and Empowering Children as Human Rights Defenders!

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  • Consultation: Scottish Sentencing Council seeks views on the draft guideline on the criminal sentencing process.

    Date: 14th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms

    The Scottish Sentencing Council is launching a public consultation on its second draft sentencing guideline, which sets out the sentencing process for all offences. This draft guideline describes the steps taken by judges when making sentencing decisions, and the various factors which may be taken into account. The Council is keen to hear from all of those with an interest in its work. The consultation is open until 6 September 2019. Further information about the consultation, along with the consultation documents and online response form, can be found here 

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  • Complaints materials for children and young people

    Date: 14th June 2019
    Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities

    Scottish Children's Reporter Association (SCRA) has launched a new suite of materials to provide information and support to children and young people on how to complain if they wish to.

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  • Using CRWIA to promote child-rights-based decision-making

    Date: 5th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Basic Health and Welfare

    In a project conducted by the Human Rights Clinic at University of Edinburgh in partnership with Together, LLM students explored the role of CRWIA (Children’s Rights and Well-being Impact Assessment) in improving rights-based decision-making. Two groups of students explored various international examples of impact assessments and drew learning to analyse the effectiveness of CRWIA in Scotland.

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  • Mosquito device found at Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall.

    Date: 5th June 2019
    Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Civil Rights and Freedoms, UN Convention Against Torture, Other human rights treaties and mechanisms

    The mosquito device has been branded as a ‘successful’ deterrent for anti-social behaviour. It is used to deter loitering of young people by emitting sound at high frequency, so it can be heard mostly by younger people. Mosquito  devices have been overtly condemned by the UN, Council of Europe and the Children’s Commissioner all requesting that they be banned, yet on 30th May 2019 another device has been discovered at Edinburgh’s Waverley Mall.

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  • The Future for Equality and Human Rights

    Date: 5th June 2019
    Category: Civil Rights and Freedoms, General measures of implementation, Other human rights treaties and mechanisms, Reporting to and monitoring the UNCRC, Funding

    A new report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) explores the impact on equality and human rights of the UK government proposal of replacing EU Structural Funds with a ‘UK Shared Prosperity Fund’ when we leave the EU.

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