Rights and the UNCRC

Year of Childhood: What’s your story?

Part of the Year of Childhood 2021 stories of childhood are invited

Children in Scotland Manifesto for the 2021-26 Scottish Parliament

Policy priorities for the next five years.


Unlocking the door

UNCRC incorporation is vital for children and young people with learning/intellectual disabilities. Read Jenny Miller and Charlie Macmillan’s blog.


Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland

The Office has published their annual report 2019/2020.


Taking a child-centric view of space

Children’s views should be taken into account when designing urban spaces

Hearing the child’s voice: a philosophical account

An exploration of the right to a ‘voice’ by David Archard Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Applied Ethics.

Activate Your Rights

Young Scot and Children in Scotland publish a pack of resources to support learning about rights.

Equalities and Human Rights Committee and UNCRC Incorporation

You can submit your views to the Committee on the Bill before Friday 16 October 2020.

UNCRC Incorporation

A Bill has been laid before Parliament to incorporate the Convention. This explanatory leaflet explains the purpose and process.

Supporting Gypsy Travellers in education

Information and resources curated by Education Scotland


Incorporating the UNCRC into Domestic Law in Scotland

A report from the Working Group agrees that incorporation means bringing into law as much of the UNCRC as is possible within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.


Playing dress-up or being dressed up?

There is an absence of consideration of children’s views in the creation of their everyday fashion.


The State of Children’s Rights 

Together’s survey will help build a picture of the current state of children’s rights.


‘Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach to children in conflict with the law’

A child friendly version givesan understanding of the issues around Scotland’s youth justice system.

Scottish Government restates commitment to UNCRC incorporation

Children’s Minister confirms a Bill to incorporate will be introduced this year.

State of Children’s Rights

Together’s report monitors implementation of the UNCRC in Scotland, looking at whether enough is being done to fulfil the human rights of children.

Children and young people’s participation

How to guidance on involving children and young people in decision-making.

We are here: a child participation toolbox

Designed to support children and adults who advocate for the rights and well-being of children.

How children and young people’s voices influence services planning

Case studies from Angus, Edinburgh and Shetland.

Children in conflict with the law

The report ‘Rights Respecting? Scotland’s approach to children in conflict with the law’ outlines the changes that the youth justice system must make if Scotland is to uphold its commitment to the UNCRC.