MacKay Hannah

Know Your Children's Rights

Tue 3rd Oct 2017

Glasgow, Brodies - Glasgow

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The seminar will be led by Tam Baillie, former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People. It will help people better understand their obligations in terms of children’s rights.

Children’s rights are an increasing feature in policy and practice with children and young people in Scotland. The Scottish Government regularly refers to children’s rights in guidance and there is a growing presence in the school curriculum on children’s rights. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act) places new duties on Ministers and public bodies in respect of children’s rights under Part 1 and Part 3 of the Act. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its most recent Concluding Observations in 2016 as a result of the examination of the UK States Party.

Increasingly, there are calls for service providers to take a ‘child-rights approach’ and be aware of their duties under international legislation, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. But what does it all mean for professionals and carers engaging with children and young people?

The seminar will focus on:

  • What the historical context of the UNCRC is
  • What the other relevant treaty and human rights bodies are
  • Rights holders and duty bearers
  • What relevance this has to your role
  • How you can improve your practice in respect of children’s rights

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;

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of the UN human rights frameworks, particularly the UNCRC
  • Increase your knowledge of rights terminology and relevance for your role
  • Increase your confidence in applying a child-rights approach in your role
  • Develop your capacity to see where future improvements can be made in respect of children’s rights

It 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 allow them the space to reflect on their own role and how they can apply their duties in a more meaningful way. Be prepared for an interactive session and the opportunity for learning from others.

Seminar 1

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 the application of our international obligations.

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Tam Baillie

former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Niall McLean

Associate & Solicitor Advocate, Brodies LLP

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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