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The October - November issue of Children in Scotland Magazine is available now!

This year marks 30 years since the establishment of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – the human rights treaty which sets out and protects the rights of every child, no matter their race, religion or ability.

It is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world, which speaks volumes about the growing recognition of children and young people and their rights. However, despite the UK ratifying in 1991, it has never fully been incorporated into domestic law, despite campaigners calling for it for years.

Our special UNCRC themed edition, is both a celebration and a call to arms – a report card on our progress so far which seems to read ‘Trying hard, with some flashes of brilliance – but could do better.’

  • In our features section we discuss progress with Dr Nigel Cantwell, one of the key contributors to the drafting of the treaty, find out the current state of children’s rights and hear more about how Scotland is leading the way in respecting children’s rights in Europe.
  • In our Agenda pages, experts discuss why full and direct incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots law must be the next step and why it needs to happen now.
  • Finally, our Voices pages showcase some best practice evidence-based projects championing children’s rights.

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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 diverse content updating you on the latest policies, projects and good practice impacting on children and families.

Each issue we interview a key decision-maker from the sector. We ask them questions of interest to our members and subscribers, with issues ranging from child rights to the arts, and mental health to equal protection.

Our Comment pages offer sharp analysis and viewpoints on current practice and policymaking, featuring guest opinions alongside a regular column from Children in Scotland Chief Executive Jackie Brock and contributions from members of our staff team.

The magazine’s Voices section showcases the perspectives and priorities of children and young people. In these pages we promote our participation and engagement activities, celebrate the work of our members, and hear from sector projects that are making their mark.

The magazine is published six times a year, in February, April, June, August, October and December.

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30 years since the UNCRC we ask: how far have we come, and where do we go next?

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Sample articles from the latest issue

"We need to move faster"

Bruce Adamson calls for a quicker pace around full incorporation of the UNCRC

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Members' Spotlight: Unicef

Unicef Scotland tell us more about how they are helping Scotland become the world's first child-friendly country

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Sample articles from our previous editions

Arts and minds

Amy Woodhouse argues the positive impact of culture and wellbeing should be reflected in policy development

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Relationships are the foundations for change

Alan Sinclair says that a new direction must be based in supporting children and parents together

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Rights at a price

Clare Simpson says harsh immigration policies are tearing lower income families apart

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Addressing childhood obesity

Amy Woodhouse says we must tackle the socio-economic drivers

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Sea change or same old?

Reflecting on the Year of Young People, Amy Woodhouse asks what the lasting impact will be

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Our refugee children need more support

Scotland can go further in helping unaccompanied children find a new family life, writes Carolyn Housman

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Members' Spotlight: Drake Music Scotland

Drake Music Scotland, Charity of the Year 2019, tell us more about their mission

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Project spotlight: The Onery

As part of a special section on innovation in early years, we spoke to a P1 setting in Edinburgh with a difference

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Member Spotlight: SCLD

Ahead of Learning Disability Week, we caught up with the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability

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Member Spotlight: Seamab

“My home is Seamab”

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Member Spotlight: ENABLE Scotland ACE Youth

“We made politicians sit up and listen”

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Member Spotlight: Kibble Group

"In an ideal world, these young people would no longer need our help"

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