MacKay Hannah

Children's Rights: Juvenile Justice - changing context, same rights and obligations

Thu 20th Jun 2019

Glasgow, Brodies - Glasgow

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Scotland has a unique system of juvenile justice embodied by the Children’s Hearing system which was established in the early 1970s. The system has evolved since then, most notably in terms of the balance of referrals shifting from offence-based to welfare-based. Scotland is in a period where youth crime is decreasing, the nature of youth behaviour is changing and we need to develop better attuned responses. For instance, Scotland is currently on the cusp of raising the age of criminal responsibility as well as considering how it deals with young offenders aged 16/17 years.

The UN has a long-standing concern around matters of juvenile justice through the UNCRC and other treaty bodies. It has fundamental principles and places numerous standards and obligations on states in respect of children’s rights for those involved in the interface with juvenile justice systems. There are many considerations of rights, children and justice issues to consider as we adapt systems to strike the right balance of effective interventions whilst upholding rights obligations.

The seminar will be led by Tam Baillie, former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People and will focus on:

• What does the UNCRC say about children’s rights and juvenile justice?

• What are the related General Comments and human rights frameworks?

• What are the key elements of juvenile justice in Scotland?

• Where are the key challenges to children’s rights and juvenile justice in Scotland?

This seminar is suitable for anyone responsible for children and young people. This can be carers, staff responsible for the delivery of services to children and families; managers responsible for allocating resources for children and young people; policy makers at all levels; and senior managers directing policy and resources.

Attendance at this seminar will provide an opportunity for you to;

  • Increase your understanding of the human rights framework in respect of juvenile justice in Scotland
  • Improve your knowledge of child development in relation to juvenile justice matters
  • Develop an understanding of outstanding juvenile justice matters in Scotland
  • Consider how future improvements can be made in respect of children’s rights and juvenile justice in Scotland

The seminar will be a mixture of lecture input and refection on the part of the participants. It will allow participants the opportunity to be better informed about the international framework of children’s rights and participation and allow them the space to reflect on their own role and how they can apply participation rights in a more meaningful way. Be prepared for an interactive session and the opportunity for learning from others.

The seminar is one of a series promoting and further safeguarding children’s rights in Scotland. You will be surprised by what you already know and this will add to your knowledge and confidence in application of our international obligations.


Tam Baillie

former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People

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Delegate Closing Scotland's Education Poverty and Attainment Gap

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