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From idea to action: How do we make rights real for the next generation?

It’s the age-old question. How do we translate what is good in theory into a tangible and workable thing?

For those working in the children’s sector and engaged with politics a priority area is passing legislation that will protect and make a real difference to the lives of youngsters and families across the country. Recently, front and centre has been the incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law. It is a veritable Bill of Rights for Scotland’s young people. It is the ultimate good idea.

But it’s not always reflected in practice. We need only look to the recent homelessness figures and increasing child poverty rates to see where policies which are laudable in intention don’t appear to be bringing positive change. Add to this the fact that a Bill proposing to tackle inequality and the impact of poverty on those experiencing menstruation has failed to garner Scottish Government support.

In this issue we hear from a number of organisations who are working to make rights real for children, young people and their families.

  • In our features section we hear about new research highlighting gaps in support for parents and carers looking to help young people with their mental health, find out more about the recommendations from the Play for All inclusive play pilot and highlight Shelter Scotland’s campaign for a legally enforceable right to housing
  • In Agenda, experts highlight how the ELC expansion offers new opportunities for change, and why the Period Products Bill is more than it seems
  • Read about Down’s Syndrome Scotland in this issue’s members’ spotlight
  • In Voices, find out more about the service in the Scottish Borders teaching young people coping strategies, and the innovative online resource helping teachers better understand the challenges to learning possibly faced by children who were born prematurely

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About Children in Scotland Magazine

Children in Scotland Magazine is our flagship publication, providing essential reading for the sector.

Produced bimonthly, it offers  news, features and opinion as well as content updating you on the latest policies, projects and good practice impacting on children and families.

The magazine is published six times a year, in February, April, June, August, October and December. It is mailed to every member of Children in Scotland as well as sitting MSPs.

In 2018, we were  finalists in the PPA Scottish Magazine Awards (Member Magazine of the Year) in recognition of the quality of our publication and the value it brings to those in the sector.

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In this issue: Mental health

New research reveals gaps in support for parents and carers

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In this issue: ELC expansion

"Let's embrace change and build a service to be proud of", urges Gemma Paterson

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In this issue: Down's Syndrome Scotland

Championing more opportunities and support for those with an extra chromosome

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