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25 Calls to change children’s lives for the better

Launched in autumn 2018 and ongoing, our anniversary campaign brings together diverse voices from across the sector to propose how children can experience greater equality and strengthened human rights. 

We are in a unique and exciting position as the national membership organisation for the children’s sector in Scotland, and our 25 Calls campaign is our roadmap for a future where children rights are protected.

The calls cover four themes:

Strengthening rights and participation

Supporting children, families and communities

Challenging inequalities

Improving education, skills and learning experiences

Researching and creating the campaign calls, we spoke to people who work with children every day, researchers into children’s development, charities who stand up for children’s rights, schools and nurseries, parents and carers, and children and young people themselves. 

Follow #25Calls on social media, join our network and check this page to be kept updated on the calls, reactions to them, and the ongoing conversation about the campaign.

Read responses to the Calls

25 Calls is an ongoing campaign and we want it to include diverse voices from across Scotland.

Since the start of December 2018 we've been publishing responses to the Calls and these continued throughout 2019.

You'll find responses prefixed '25 Calls response' in our blogs section here:

Read 25 Calls responses

Read news articles and other coverage of the campaign

Watch our campaign video

Our call-makers include:

  • Sustrans Scotland
  • Parenting across Scotland
  • Poverty Alliance
  • respectme
  • Community Justice Scotland
  • Independent Care Review in Scotland
  • Common Weal
  • Scottish Autism
  • Architecture & Design Scotland
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Special edition of our magazine

In the latest edition of our magazine, the 25 Calls campaign takes centre-stage, with articles from each of our 25 call-makers published in full.

Children in Scotland members can access the magazine by logging in to the members' section of the website.

If you are not a member, but would like to order hard copies of the magazine, you can do so here.

25 Calls: Children in Scotland magazine

A route-map to a better future

Download our route-map to a better future for children and young people in Scotland.

The map includes all 25 Calls by theme, and highlights the possible delays and barriers those travelling from stop-to-stop may encounter.

25 Calls: A route map to a better future

Read responses to our 25 Calls

Voices from across Scotland have supported and reacted to the campaign. Look for all blogs prefixed with '25 Calls'

Read responses

25 and Up: no more injustice for families

The scaffolding is now in place to deliver on genuine family support, says Clare Simpson

Read Clare''s blog

25 and Up: improving access to the arts

Why artists must be in the mainstream fold of every child’s support network

Read the blog

25 and Up: poverty and family support

Since June 2020 we've been publishing updates from our original call-makers

Read John Dickie's blog

25 and Up: a stronger workforce

Our workforce is making progress despite the virus, argues Simon Massey

Read Simon's blog

Call 1

Change the language of poverty: Young people deserve dignity, not stigma and discrimination

Read the full call

Call 2

Make it your business to tackle child poverty

Read the full call

Call 4

To end abuse and neglect, live what we know: it’s everyone’s job to make sure children are alright

Read the full call

Call 6

Rights, wellbeing and love of learning must be at the heart of education if Scotland is truly to be the 'best place to grow up'

Read the full call

Call 8

Reform the Gender Recognition Act and give trans young people the chance to live full, happy lives

Read the call in full

Call 10

It's time to agree a common set of values in the digital world

Read the call in full

Call 12

"Support pupils and teachers: embed understanding of ASN in initial teacher training and ongoing development"

Read the call in full

Call 14

"From homelessness to the Home Office, young people's services must be humanised"

Read YCSA's call in full

Call 16

"Work together to build cultures where every voice is valued, and create a society free from bullying"

Read respectme's call in full

Call 18

"Take the next step in participation and food education: give communities the keys to school kitchens"

Read the call in full

Call 20

"Deliver a workforce that works for children: confident, skilled, values-driven." By Children in Scotland & YouthLink Scotland

Read the call in full

Call 22

"Build wellbeing into the design of our learning spaces to show young people they are truly valued"

Read A&DS' call

Call 24

"Ensure all children can participate in high quality innovative arts experiences from the earliest age"

Read Starcatchers' call

Call 3

All children and young people should have access to mental health support when needed

Read the full call

Call 5

16 and 17 year olds must be able to vote in all UK polls. Brexit proves this is a civil rights issue

Read the call in full

Call 7

Support the aims and work of the Care Review – making changes to improve care now and in future

Read the call in full

Call 9

Ensure Scotland's next generation can lead active, healthy lives

Read the call in full

Call 11

"We need an economy underpinned by sustainability, innovation and social justice"

Read the call in full

Call 13

"Support children to become human rights defenders." By the Children's Commissioner, with young campaigner Ruby

Read the call in full

Call 15

"Top up child benefit by £5 per week to loosen the grip of child poverty." By Poverty Alliance & Child Poverty Action Group

Read the call in full

Call 17

"Prioritise integration, support for families and participation to give children the best start"

Read the call in full

Call 19

"Launch a national effort to provide 'Well Teenager' clinics to help all young people who need it"

Read CJS's call in full

Call 21

"Invest in relationship-based whole-family support." By Parenting across Scotland

Read the call in full

Call 23

"Let’s make Scotland a nation of Unfearties!" By Children's Parliament and Together

Read the call in full

Call 25

"Cut cars from school drop-offs to boost active travel and improve air quality for our children"

Read Sustrans' call