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Implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scotland: What will it mean for your organisation?

Thu 3rd Jun 2021

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This webinar explores the legal and service delivery implications for all Scottish public authorities of the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child into Scottish law. It will examine how public sector bodies - and anyone undertaking functions or providing services to children with public money - can meet the challenge of acting compatibly with the incorporated UNCRC requirements, reflecting them in their day to day running, culture and practices.

The UN articles will include requiring public authorities to make the best interests of children a primary consideration in their decision making and service delivery, with the obligation to protect children from violence, injury or abuse.  They will also have to recognise the rights of children with disabilities to enjoy a full and decent life and to uphold children’s rights to an adequate standard of living. Complying with legislation is one thing, actively and successfully promoting children’s rights is another. So how do organisations get it right?

How will a proactive culture of everyday accountability for children’s rights across public services in Scotland be promoted? What will public bodies consistently acting to uphold the rights of all children in Scotland mean for the experiences of children, young people and their families? What are the implications of giving children, young people and their representatives the right to go to court to enforce their rights? How should public authorities and others covered by these UNCRC rights prepare for their implementation? What will rights and accountability mean for demand led service delivery?

Key points

  • How implementing the UNCRC can transform children’s lives in Scotland
  • What putting children’s human rights at the heart of decision making means
  • Delivering a proactive culture of accountability for children’s rights
  • What should organisations do to plan and prepare for compliance?
  • Reflecting and including the perspectives of children and young people
  • What will real accountability mean in translating rights into practice?
  • What will organisations putting children’s human rights first look and act like?


Rami Okasha

Chief Executive, CHAS

Tam Baillie

former Children and Young People’s Commissioner (Scotland)

Meg Thomas

Head of Policy & Participation, Includem

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