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Safer Internet Day 2024: Exploring children’s rights and AI

...the vision for the development of “trustworthy, ethical and inclusive” AI with children’s human rights at its centre. The strategy highlighted the importance of adopting UNICEF’s policy guidance on AI, which was created from the UN...


Our children and young people's advisory group responds to proposals for human rights Act reform

... Our young people's advisory group responds to human rights Act reform proposals 16 March 2022 Parisa Shirazi summarises Changing our World's views on significant draft legislation from the UK Government As soon as we read the UK...

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25 Calls response: What gives me hope in 2020? Young people are leading the way in defending human rights

... What gives me hope in 2020? Young people are leading the way in defending human rights 13 February 2020 When children speak out on human rights they do it with more honesty, tenacity and creativity than adults. It makes a difference so...


"Stand firm on human rights", civil society groups urge party leaders

... "Stand firm on human rights", civil society groups urge party leaders 10 December 2019 Children in Scotland has signed an open letter calling for the safeguarding of human rights in the UK. Published on human rights Day and ahead of the UK...


Equal Protection law would support Scotland’s ambitions to be a world leader in human rights

... Equal Protection would support Scotland’s ambition to be a world leader in human rights 28 Feb 2019 Following a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Equality and human rights Committee on Thursday 28 February, where MSPs heard evidence on...


An exciting time to be working on children's rights

...young people, organisations, and adults working with children into an important network of human rights defenders. Children in Scotland stood alongside children and young people to demand an independent children’s commissioner to promote...


Life through a child-rights lens

...us to identify, analyse and record how our policies and procedures impact on children’s human rights and they give us the opportunity to make changes to enable children to better realise their rights across our organisational ways of...


Not losing the human element of being 'present' with people
additional support for learning ASL mediation

Child rights or public health? There's no choice

...Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland worked with the Observatory of Children’s human rights Scotland to publish the ‘Independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment on the Response to Covid-19 in Scotland’. Click here to...


Young citizens: Why learning about freedom of expression and digital rights should start at school

...who have been imprisoned in countries across the world for speaking truth to power. For young human rights advocates, discovering that current surveillance legislation in the UK allows the government to record what we do (from which websites...


25 Calls response: Becoming an 'Unfeartie' is just the first step of learning – join us as we stand up for rights.

...to transform experiences of children in Scotland. We don't have to be experts in childcare or in human rights to become Unfearties – anyone can join the movement. And everyone who believes that children's rights should be respected and...

25calls

25 Calls response: Child poverty in Scotland is not inevitable. It is a failure of government to fulfil the rights of their citizens

...Make it your business to tackle child poverty The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will tomorrow (Friday 28 June 2019), present his final report on extreme poverty and human rights in the UK, to the UN...


GRA reform is a fundamental equality and rights issue for trans young people. So why delay it?

...said: “While we acknowledge the challenging nature of this debate, at its heart this is a human rights issue. “In that light we are disappointed in this delay, and sceptical about what the value of further consultation would be. “The...

equality GRA Legislation LGBT Policy rights young people

25 Calls response: Do we live in a world where children need to defend their rights?

...responds to Call 13 of our 25 Calls campaign. Call 13: Support children to become human rights defenders I wasn’t sure I wanted to write about this call.  I wasn’t sure if it was the right one. Look at the language –...


“The future looks bleak”: children’s sector voices anxiety over rights, services and opportunities post-Brexit

...apply.” “As a Rights Respecting School, we’re concerned about changes to judicial and human rights once out of the EU.” Suggestions for next steps included more engagement with young people, and signalled frustration at the lack of...


Brexit threat to legal rights of 1 in 10 children

...protections in the areas of child custody, child abduction and child maintenance. Children’s human rights have not been adequately considered in Brexit discussions, resulting in a serious risk that many children with one parent living in the...

Children's rights Legislation

Brexit threat to legal rights of 1 in 10 children

...protections in the areas of child custody, child abduction and child maintenance. Children’s human rights have not been adequately considered in Brexit discussions, resulting in a serious risk that many children with one parent living in the...

Children's rights Legislation

Q&A with Kara Brown: “There’s still stigma surrounding mental health, but it’s getting better”

...it important to get young people directly involved with leading work on mental health? We take a human rights-based approach to our work – Article 12 of the UNCRC is one of my favourite human rights, as it's all about recognising that children...


Latest edition of Insight magazine available now

...have been removed into care Raza Sadiq challenges the Illegal Immigration Bill as an assault on human rights Laura Millar on why we need to redesign the child maintenance system Ed Pybus at CPAG on targeted top=ups to the Scottish Child...


Making the change and committing to race equality

...equality statement We are committed to creating a culture in which equality, diversity and human rights are actively promoted Click here to read Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's...


Families face a cost-of-living disaster this winter

...month. the Children’s Commissioner, Bruce Adamson, spoke about the challenge poverty creates for human rights. As a nation committed to protecting and defending the rights of all, including children, we must ensure policies are in place to do so....


Unlocking UNCRC incorporation: An interview with Juliet Harris

...around making children's rights binding in law through UNCRC incorporation. The power of human rights is the fact that they're legally binding; it’s not something that you have to think about, it's not aspirational. It's every child and...


Good Food Nation Bill consultation: Supporting the principle of a right to food

...call for the Good Food Nation Bill to make a direct reference to the incoming new multi-treaty human rights Bill. We understand that this is being committed to as part of the National Taskforce for human rights Leadership's new framework for...

Children's rights Food Health Legislation Poverty Wellbeing

Why our race equality pledge is a challenge to ourselves and others

...baseline measures. Our statement was developed on the back of an existing Equality, Diversity and human rights policy, and in consultation with our staff, Board and our young people's advisory group Changing our World. We identified five pledges...

diversity equality ethnic minorities inclusion race rights

Publication of race equality statement marks bolder, more proactive approach to addressing equality and diversity

...statement makes clear our commitment to creating a culture in which equality, diversity and human rights are actively promoted, and rearticulates that we have zero tolerance of discrimination of any kind. As part of this work we are also...

diversity equality ethnic minorities ethnicity human rights inclusion Legislation pledge race rights statement

Military enlistment age must be raised to 18

...find out more Child Rights International Network New and dynamic thinking on human rights, focusing on children and young people Click to find out more Raising the age of recruitment A summary from CRIN on...


To do better for autistic children, we must close the accountability gap

...will their voices be ignored by professionals and organisations. No longer will the abuse of the human rights of these young people be tolerated. Yet we aren’t just waiting for a commissioner to create change. At the National Autistic...


Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge

... Magazine / News: Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge Posted 19.05.23 by Alice Hinds Children's rights early learning human rights The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and Scouts...

Children's rights early learning human rights

Call 13: Support children to become human rights defenders

... Call 13: Support children to become human rights defenders By Bruce Adamson and Ruby Children and Young People’s Commissioner Bruce Adamson meets Ruby, aged 9, to hear about her campaign challenging gender stereotypes – and her plans...


We've made progress on children's rights, but not enough

...rights - but not enough Posted 18 November, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Children's rights human rights For 18 years, the office of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has fiercely and proudly championed children’s...

Children's rights human rights

New rights-focused badge for Scouts

...Rights Challenge Badge has been designed to help young people find out more about their own human rights and their connection to the rights of others. It is also intended to promote adult leaders’ awareness of children’s rights. In...

Children's rights rights

State of Children’s Rights report published

...sector in implementing the UNCRC, and offers practical case studies on making children's human rights a reality in Scotland. Today saw the publication of the 2022 State of Children’s Rights in Scotland report by Together...

Children's rights Participation third sector UNCRC youth justice

Licketyspit's workshop presentation - Making Children's Rights Real Across Scotland

...Through Play Play is the language of children and offers a unique way to embed a children’s human rights-based culture across Scotland. In this workshop, Licketyspit shared some of the key principles and practical tools of their imaginary...


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'

...and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential and b) the development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter...' 25 Calls Return to the main 25 Calls...


Call 14: From homelessness to the Home Office, young people's services must be humanised

Insight - Issue 2

...Adamson, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland reflects on the proposed reforms to the human rights Act We are also delighted to continue our partnership with the Edinburgh College of Art, showcasing work from students on the...


Insight - Issue 4

...Adamson. Within that conversation, Bruce talks about “creating an amazing culture of children as human rights defenders” and this message of celebrating positive change led by children and young people is carried across our interviews in this...


Georgia Johnston

...support.Georgia left her position as a children's English teacher to pursue a Master's degree in human rights and Diplomacy in Scotland. She was selected by the Master's programme for an internship opportunity with the Mental Health and...

Johnston

Restraint and seclusion in schools

...three years with little progress. We want to see concrete action being taken to protect the human rights of children and young people with learning disabilities in our schools. Lucy McKee is ENABLE Scotland’s Membership Ambassador Click...

Additional support ASL ASN Children's rights Education

‘We all have a story worth sharing and celebrating’

...sharing and celebrating' Posted 24 June, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond equality human rights refugee As Refugee Week 2022 draws to a close, Jillian McBride (pictured) reflects on the importance of helping young...

equality human rights refugee

Consultation opens on physical intervention in schools

...in schools launched Posted 22 June, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education human rights rights Views are being sought on new guidance relating to physical intervention and restraint in schools. The...

Education human rights rights

DRAFT Changing our World: Our activity

...recently had a session dedicated to talking about the UK Government's proposed changes to the human rights Act. Parisa from Children in Scotland has summarised the views and concerns we discussed. Click here to read her summary  26 March We...


Member directory: full

...| chscotland.gov.uk Children's Parliament Working with children and adults to realise children’s human rights | childrensparliament.org.uk Children's University Scotland Awards programme for learning beyond the classroom |...


Peter Rigg

...as a reserve member of the Council of Europe’s 2020-2021 Advisory Council on Youth and as a human rights fellow for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s 2021 Perspectives 20-30 Online Academy.    Peter is...

rigg

Jane-Claire Judson

...experience in the voluntary and public sectors across further and higher education, health, human rights and governance. She has held roles with Diabetes UK, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the Scottish Funding Councils and NUS...

judson

MSPs urged to withhold consent for Nationalities Bill

...and Borders Bill Posted 22 February, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond child rights human rights refugee UNCRC Organisations from across the third sector are urging Scotland to vote down the UK Nationalities and...

child rights human rights refugee UNCRC

Member directory: A-F

...| chscotland.gov.uk Children's Parliament Working with children and adults to realise children’s human rights | childrensparliament.org.uk Children's University Scotland Awards programme for learning beyond the classroom |...


First LGBT-inclusive education resources launched

...23 September,  has been welcomed with vocal support from teaching union NASWUT, the Equality and human rights Commission, COSLA and the National Parent Forum of Scotland, amongst others. Click here to access the new LGBT education...

Education equality LGBT

Annie Watson

...enjoys spending time by the seaside, reading and crafts. She is passionate about equality and human rights, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+...

watson

“Passing legislation is only one part of the story”

...governing party, has also made commitments to continue on its path to incorporating international human rights treaties. If achieved, this will bring benefits across society, reducing discrimination and supporting equity and equality. All this is...

Magazine


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Safer Internet Day 2024: Exploring children’s rights and AI

...the vision for the development of “trustworthy, ethical and inclusive” AI with children’s human rights at its centre. The strategy highlighted the importance of adopting UNICEF’s policy guidance on AI, which was created from the UN...


Our children and young people's advisory group responds to proposals for human rights Act reform

... Our young people's advisory group responds to human rights Act reform proposals 16 March 2022 Parisa Shirazi summarises Changing our World's views on significant draft legislation from the UK Government As soon as we read the UK...

advisory group changing our world human rights human rights act Participation rights young people

25 Calls response: What gives me hope in 2020? Young people are leading the way in defending human rights

... What gives me hope in 2020? Young people are leading the way in defending human rights 13 February 2020 When children speak out on human rights they do it with more honesty, tenacity and creativity than adults. It makes a difference so...


"Stand firm on human rights", civil society groups urge party leaders

... "Stand firm on human rights", civil society groups urge party leaders 10 December 2019 Children in Scotland has signed an open letter calling for the safeguarding of human rights in the UK. Published on human rights Day and ahead of the UK...


Equal Protection law would support Scotland’s ambitions to be a world leader in human rights

... Equal Protection would support Scotland’s ambition to be a world leader in human rights 28 Feb 2019 Following a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Equality and human rights Committee on Thursday 28 February, where MSPs heard evidence on...


An exciting time to be working on children's rights

...young people, organisations, and adults working with children into an important network of human rights defenders. Children in Scotland stood alongside children and young people to demand an independent children’s commissioner to promote...


Life through a child-rights lens

...us to identify, analyse and record how our policies and procedures impact on children’s human rights and they give us the opportunity to make changes to enable children to better realise their rights across our organisational ways of...


Not losing the human element of being 'present' with people
additional support for learning ASL mediation

Child rights or public health? There's no choice

...Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland worked with the Observatory of Children’s human rights Scotland to publish the ‘Independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment on the Response to Covid-19 in Scotland’. Click here to...


Young citizens: Why learning about freedom of expression and digital rights should start at school

...who have been imprisoned in countries across the world for speaking truth to power. For young human rights advocates, discovering that current surveillance legislation in the UK allows the government to record what we do (from which websites...


25 Calls response: Becoming an 'Unfeartie' is just the first step of learning – join us as we stand up for rights.

...to transform experiences of children in Scotland. We don't have to be experts in childcare or in human rights to become Unfearties – anyone can join the movement. And everyone who believes that children's rights should be respected and...

25calls

25 Calls response: Child poverty in Scotland is not inevitable. It is a failure of government to fulfil the rights of their citizens

...Make it your business to tackle child poverty The UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, will tomorrow (Friday 28 June 2019), present his final report on extreme poverty and human rights in the UK, to the UN...


GRA reform is a fundamental equality and rights issue for trans young people. So why delay it?

...said: “While we acknowledge the challenging nature of this debate, at its heart this is a human rights issue. “In that light we are disappointed in this delay, and sceptical about what the value of further consultation would be. “The...

equality GRA Legislation LGBT Policy rights young people

25 Calls response: Do we live in a world where children need to defend their rights?

...responds to Call 13 of our 25 Calls campaign. Call 13: Support children to become human rights defenders I wasn’t sure I wanted to write about this call.  I wasn’t sure if it was the right one. Look at the language –...


“The future looks bleak”: children’s sector voices anxiety over rights, services and opportunities post-Brexit

...apply.” “As a Rights Respecting School, we’re concerned about changes to judicial and human rights once out of the EU.” Suggestions for next steps included more engagement with young people, and signalled frustration at the lack of...


Brexit threat to legal rights of 1 in 10 children

...protections in the areas of child custody, child abduction and child maintenance. Children’s human rights have not been adequately considered in Brexit discussions, resulting in a serious risk that many children with one parent living in the...

Children's rights Legislation

Brexit threat to legal rights of 1 in 10 children

...protections in the areas of child custody, child abduction and child maintenance. Children’s human rights have not been adequately considered in Brexit discussions, resulting in a serious risk that many children with one parent living in the...

Children's rights Legislation

Q&A with Kara Brown: “There’s still stigma surrounding mental health, but it’s getting better”

...it important to get young people directly involved with leading work on mental health? We take a human rights-based approach to our work – Article 12 of the UNCRC is one of my favourite human rights, as it's all about recognising that children...


Latest edition of Insight magazine available now

...have been removed into care Raza Sadiq challenges the Illegal Immigration Bill as an assault on human rights Laura Millar on why we need to redesign the child maintenance system Ed Pybus at CPAG on targeted top=ups to the Scottish Child...


Making the change and committing to race equality

...equality statement We are committed to creating a culture in which equality, diversity and human rights are actively promoted Click here to read Our membership offer Be part of the largest national children's...


Families face a cost-of-living disaster this winter

...month. the Children’s Commissioner, Bruce Adamson, spoke about the challenge poverty creates for human rights. As a nation committed to protecting and defending the rights of all, including children, we must ensure policies are in place to do so....


Unlocking UNCRC incorporation: An interview with Juliet Harris

...around making children's rights binding in law through UNCRC incorporation. The power of human rights is the fact that they're legally binding; it’s not something that you have to think about, it's not aspirational. It's every child and...


Good Food Nation Bill consultation: Supporting the principle of a right to food

...call for the Good Food Nation Bill to make a direct reference to the incoming new multi-treaty human rights Bill. We understand that this is being committed to as part of the National Taskforce for human rights Leadership's new framework for...

Children's rights Food Health Legislation Poverty Wellbeing

Why our race equality pledge is a challenge to ourselves and others

...baseline measures. Our statement was developed on the back of an existing Equality, Diversity and human rights policy, and in consultation with our staff, Board and our young people's advisory group Changing our World. We identified five pledges...

diversity equality ethnic minorities inclusion race rights

Publication of race equality statement marks bolder, more proactive approach to addressing equality and diversity

...statement makes clear our commitment to creating a culture in which equality, diversity and human rights are actively promoted, and rearticulates that we have zero tolerance of discrimination of any kind. As part of this work we are also...

diversity equality ethnic minorities ethnicity human rights inclusion Legislation pledge race rights statement

Military enlistment age must be raised to 18

...find out more Child Rights International Network New and dynamic thinking on human rights, focusing on children and young people Click to find out more Raising the age of recruitment A summary from CRIN on...


To do better for autistic children, we must close the accountability gap

...will their voices be ignored by professionals and organisations. No longer will the abuse of the human rights of these young people be tolerated. Yet we aren’t just waiting for a commissioner to create change. At the National Autistic...



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Georgia Johnston

...support.Georgia left her position as a children's English teacher to pursue a Master's degree in human rights and Diplomacy in Scotland. She was selected by the Master's programme for an internship opportunity with the Mental Health and...

Johnston

Annie Watson

...enjoys spending time by the seaside, reading and crafts. She is passionate about equality and human rights, with a particular interest in LGBTQ+...

watson


Licketyspit's workshop presentation - Making Children's Rights Real Across Scotland

...Through Play Play is the language of children and offers a unique way to embed a children’s human rights-based culture across Scotland. In this workshop, Licketyspit shared some of the key principles and practical tools of their imaginary...


DRAFT Changing our World: Our activity

...recently had a session dedicated to talking about the UK Government's proposed changes to the human rights Act. Parisa from Children in Scotland has summarised the views and concerns we discussed. Click here to read her summary  26 March We...



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Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge
post

... Magazine / News: Scouts Scotland extends human rights learning badge Posted 19.05.23 by Alice Hinds Children's rights early learning human rights The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland and Scouts...

Children's rights early learning human rights

Call 13: Support children to become human rights defenders
post

... Call 13: Support children to become human rights defenders By Bruce Adamson and Ruby Children and Young People’s Commissioner Bruce Adamson meets Ruby, aged 9, to hear about her campaign challenging gender stereotypes – and her plans...


We've made progress on children's rights, but not enough
post

...rights - but not enough Posted 18 November, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Children's rights human rights For 18 years, the office of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland has fiercely and proudly championed children’s...

Children's rights human rights

New rights-focused badge for Scouts
post

...Rights Challenge Badge has been designed to help young people find out more about their own human rights and their connection to the rights of others. It is also intended to promote adult leaders’ awareness of children’s rights. In...

Children's rights rights

State of Children’s Rights report published
post

...sector in implementing the UNCRC, and offers practical case studies on making children's human rights a reality in Scotland. Today saw the publication of the 2022 State of Children’s Rights in Scotland report by Together...

Children's rights Participation third sector UNCRC youth justice

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'
post

...and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential and b) the development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter...' 25 Calls Return to the main 25 Calls...


Call 14: From homelessness to the Home Office, young people's services must be humanised
post
Insight - Issue 2
post

...Adamson, Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland reflects on the proposed reforms to the human rights Act We are also delighted to continue our partnership with the Edinburgh College of Art, showcasing work from students on the...


Insight - Issue 4
post

...Adamson. Within that conversation, Bruce talks about “creating an amazing culture of children as human rights defenders” and this message of celebrating positive change led by children and young people is carried across our interviews in this...


Restraint and seclusion in schools
post

...three years with little progress. We want to see concrete action being taken to protect the human rights of children and young people with learning disabilities in our schools. Lucy McKee is ENABLE Scotland’s Membership Ambassador Click...

Additional support ASL ASN Children's rights Education

‘We all have a story worth sharing and celebrating’
post

...sharing and celebrating' Posted 24 June, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond equality human rights refugee As Refugee Week 2022 draws to a close, Jillian McBride (pictured) reflects on the importance of helping young...

equality human rights refugee

Consultation opens on physical intervention in schools
post

...in schools launched Posted 22 June, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond Education human rights rights Views are being sought on new guidance relating to physical intervention and restraint in schools. The...

Education human rights rights

Member directory: full
post

...| chscotland.gov.uk Children's Parliament Working with children and adults to realise children’s human rights | childrensparliament.org.uk Children's University Scotland Awards programme for learning beyond the classroom |...


Peter Rigg
post

...as a reserve member of the Council of Europe’s 2020-2021 Advisory Council on Youth and as a human rights fellow for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s 2021 Perspectives 20-30 Online Academy.    Peter is...

rigg

Jane-Claire Judson
post

...experience in the voluntary and public sectors across further and higher education, health, human rights and governance. She has held roles with Diabetes UK, the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, the Scottish Funding Councils and NUS...

judson

MSPs urged to withhold consent for Nationalities Bill
post

...and Borders Bill Posted 22 February, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond child rights human rights refugee UNCRC Organisations from across the third sector are urging Scotland to vote down the UK Nationalities and...

child rights human rights refugee UNCRC

Member directory: A-F
post

...| chscotland.gov.uk Children's Parliament Working with children and adults to realise children’s human rights | childrensparliament.org.uk Children's University Scotland Awards programme for learning beyond the classroom |...


First LGBT-inclusive education resources launched
post

...23 September,  has been welcomed with vocal support from teaching union NASWUT, the Equality and human rights Commission, COSLA and the National Parent Forum of Scotland, amongst others. Click here to access the new LGBT education...

Education equality LGBT

“Passing legislation is only one part of the story”
post

...governing party, has also made commitments to continue on its path to incorporating international human rights treaties. If achieved, this will bring benefits across society, reducing discrimination and supporting equity and equality. All this is...

Magazine