Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland

We are a collaborative of Scottish organisations working to drive implementation of children’s human rights in Scotland, with local impact and global learning.

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Independent Children's Rights Impact Assessment on the response to COVID-19 in Scotland

The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of the lives of children and young people in Scotland. The Observatory of Children's Human Rights Scotland was asked by the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland to conduct a thorough analysis of how emergency laws and procedures around COVID-19 impacted the human rights of children and young people in Scotland.

"Life-changing decisions being made during coronavirus have felt like playing a game. Every time it should be our turn someone skips over us and we end up left behind and forgotten." Abigail (15)

Driving change to fully implement children’s human rights

Our vision: Children’s human rights are fully implemented in all areas of children and young people’s lives in Scotland, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and broader international human rights treaties. This will help to ensure that children’s human dignity is respected and all children are supported to thrive and reach their full potential. 

To achieve this, we want to change locally and learn globally …

  • To strategically advance opportunities for fully realising children’s human rights in practice, policy and legislation
  • To bring together lived experiences, academic, inter-disciplinary and cross-sector contributions, to exchange and amplify ideas, evidence and expertise, in order to accelerate progress in implementing children’s human rights
  • To identify gaps in implementing children’s human rights, in terms of particular areas, practice and systems, and how to address these
  • To grapple with the contentious, problematic and complex challenges inherent to implementing children’s human rights in legislation, policy and practice

The organisations working together to develop the Observatory’s strategy and agenda are:

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'Making Children's Rights Real': The opportunities of incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Professor Kirsten Sandberg, University of Oslo, gave the Moray House School of Education and Sport Annual Lecture on May 27.  Professor Sandberg's lecture was followed by contributions from Mairi Macpherson, Deputy Director for Creating Positive Futures, Scottish Government and Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland.

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