MacKay Hannah

Children's Rights: What have rights got to do with the early years?

Thu 2nd May 2019

, Brodies LLP - Edinburgh

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For the last decade, Scotland has made significant progress in respect of its approach to the early years. There is greater awareness of the importance of the interaction of brain development and parenting leading to a greater understanding of the types of behaviour which best nurture our children. The Scottish Government has embarked upon a significant expansion of early years provision which is changing the landscape of how our children learn and are cared for before they start school.

The UNCRC was ratified prior to the publication of much of the research illustrating the importance of early years and its impact on later life chances. Yet the rights embodied in the UNCRC and accompanying General Comments are highly relevant to informing our practice and approach for this age group. Children’s have rights from birth and their development is fundamentally affected by their experiences in this stage of development. Find out how to apply rights throughout this period.

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

• What are the early years and how do we know about them?

• What does the UNCRC say about the early years?

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

• How well are we doing in respect of children’s rights and the early years?

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 fundamental importance of the early years for children’s development
  • Improve your knowledge of the human rights framework relevant for the early years
  • Develop your capacity to see where you can influence the rights of children in the early years 
  • Consider how future improvements can be made in respect of children’s rights and the early years 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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Some interesting points noted. Liked the afternoon presentation snapshots.

Caroline Gardiner - Fife Council,
Delegate Closing Scotland's Education Poverty and Attainment Gap