Scottish children's rights report published

The State of Children's Rights in Scotland report has now been published by children's rights alliance Together.

The report provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy the human rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and other international treaties.

Concerns are raised in the report by Together and its members regarding the impact that the UK’s proposed withdrawal from the European Union will have on the protection of children’s human rights in the UK.

It also highlights dangers around UK Government plans to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and replace it with a ‘British Bill of Rights’.

The report says that more should be done to take account of children’s views in decisions that affect them at a national and local level. Some of Together's members called for a participation strategy, including systematic and sustainable measures to ensure that younger children are able to have their voices heard and taken into account.

There are many specific conclusions regarding subjects from gender-based violence to restraint of children.

From an education perspective, Together flags up a need for there to be consistency around rights education.

"A number of treaty bodies have called for mandatory or strengthening of rights-based education. Although some progress has been made in Scotland with aspects of human rights education, there is still much work to be done to avoid an ad-hoc approach and to ensure all children are able to participate in decisions that affect their learning."

Read the full report