Issue 194 Children in Scotland Magazine


October – November 2019

UNCRC special

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.

This, 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.

We hope you will take the time to read the magazine, share with your colleagues, and get involved in the conversation using #CiSMagazine.

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