MacKay Hannah

Children's Rights: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impact on children’s rights


Tam Baillie

former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Tam Baillie was Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People from 2009 to 2017.  As the Commissioner, Tam’s remit was to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland which are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Previously Tam worked as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for over 30 years.  Tam worked primarily with young offenders, young people in and leaving care, and young homeless people.  He has worked in Scotland and England and in both the statutory and voluntary sectors.  Tam latterly moved into policy and influencing to help address the strategic and structural changes necessary to affect lasting improvements for children and young people.




Kenzie Sharkey

Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP

Kenzie joined the firm’s Government, Regulation and Competition team in January 2018 from a background in local government. Working in-house she provided advice on a wide range of property, commercial and social care matters, with a particular interest in community care. Kenzie also worked with the Council’s licensing team, advising the Board and Committee on civic government and liquor licensing issues. She has a clear understanding of statutory powers and duties affecting local government and understands the impact that the wider regulatory regimes, including procurement, data protection, freedom of information and state aid can have on the effective discharge of local authority functions.

Kenzie serves as a member of the Children’s Panel and is a member of the Law Society’s Equalities Law Sub Committee.



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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

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