The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights to which all children are entitled, regardless of their circumstances or background.
The UNCRC underpins Scottish Minsters’ ambitions to make Scotland the best place to grow up, be educated and to bring up children. Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, places specific duties on all Scottish Ministers to keep under consideration steps which would or might secure better or further effect in Scotland of the UNCRC and to promote public awareness and understanding of children’s rights. Ministers are also required to report every 3 years to the Scottish Parliament on progress and their plans for the next 3 year period. The Scottish Government is currently preparing a Report on all its activity in taking forward children’s rights since June 2015, when the duties came into effect. The report is not subject to this consultation.
A separate Action Plan will set out identified actions for taking forward the rights of the child from 2018 until 2021. This consultation seeks views on the proposed content of the Action Plan.
The Scottish Government is keen to seek the views of all those with an interest in children’s rights on the proposed content of the Action Plan for taking forward the rights of the child over the coming 3 year period, 2018-2021.
The Scottish Government is also keen to seek the views of children and young people on the consultation. The Scottish Ministers are also engaging separately with children and young people to ensure that their views are heard in the preparation of the 3 year Action Plan.
The consultation can be accessed at https://consult.gov.scot/children-and-families/childrens-rights/