Issue 196 Children in Scotland Magazine


February 2020 – March 2020

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 all 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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