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Reporting Obligations Under the Children and Young People Act

Wed 15th Mar 2017

Glasgow, Brodies - Glasgow

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Scotland's Ministers and public bodies have new duties in respect of children’s rights under Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (the Act). The Act requires Ministers and public authorities to produce reports on what steps they have taken to “secure better or further effect” within their areas of responsibility of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child requirements.

Ministers are due to publish the first 3-yearly Children’s Rights Reports to be submitted to the Scottish Parliament by 2020 and public bodies are expected to keep to the same timetable. Guidance accompanying the Act advises that public bodies will require long-term planning for the production of the report, especially if they “are seeking to maximise effort by combining and/or aligning reporting mechanisms and processes” and they should consider how they will establish appropriate and measurable baseline data on meaningful outcomes that will inform the reports. Now is the time for public bodies to equip themselves with the information, knowledge and systems to effectively prepare for the reporting process.

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

  • Key elements of reporting compliance on the UNCRC
  • What and how to baseline information in preparation for the Children’s Rights Report
  • Producing a Children’s Rights Report
  • Monitoring and improving future realisation of children’s rights

This seminar is suitable for officers in public bodies covered by the Act and will assist them to be aware of their existing duties under the UNCRC, be informed on how this should be reflected in their reporting duties under the Act and consider how their reporting should be organised and presented to be compliant with the Act.

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

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of the UN human rights framework
  • Increase your knowledge of preparatory steps required for reporting on children’s rights
  • Increase your understanding of how to satisfy the children’s rights reporting requirements of the Children and Young People Act
  • Develop your capacity to see where future improvements can be made in respect of children’s rights as part of the reporting requirements

The seminar will be a mixture of lecture input and refection on the part of the participants. It will draw on the Scottish Government Guidance to Part 1 and the experience of service providers attending. 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 the duties under the Act.

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Tam Baillie

former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Jackie McGuire

Partner, 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