Engaging with research, policy and practice
Details of some of our work engaging across research, policy and practice contexts.
The Observatory was launched on 28 February alongside the publication of the State of Children's Rights report 2019, a roadmap for action of children's human rights from Together and its members. They are a collaborative of Scottish organisations working to drive implementation of children’s human rights in Scotland, with local impact and global learning.
A College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Knowledge Exchange and Impact Grant (£5000) has been awarded to Kristina Konstantoni and Simon Bateson for: “The Play-Café Festival: Pop up play-cafés as radical public spaces for community engagement, learning, research and impact"
This project aims to prototype a radical new public space which will inclusively combine play, seminars, workshops and community development through a week long pop-up play café festival. The work builds on previously funded research projects linked to young children’s rights and play café spaces in Greece, Scotland and Germany, and a previous one day pop-up play café (Fire Starter Festival). Interfacing research findings, knowledge exchange and community engagement the project will co-produce a new multimodal resource to provoke and develop new ideas and audiences, linked long-term to the establishment of a multi-partnership research-policy-practice early years centre.
- In April 2019, the First Minister made a commitment to pass a law within the next two years that will incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law. From May to August 2019 the Scottish Government held a consultation on how a new Act could incorporate the UNCRC into the law of Scotland. > Consultation details Read Professor Kay Tisdall’s submission in the following PDF.
- Kay Tisdall wrote a profile of Scottish childhood policy, for the British Academy’s Childhood Programme. The publication is available here https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/publications/childhood-policy-landscape-scotland-case-study
- Ruth Friskney, Fiona Morrison and Kay Tisdall gave evidence to the Justice Committee (Scottish Parliament) on the Children (Scotland) Bill. A copy of the is available here. The team spoke to the Committee on the 17th December 2019, with the report given here http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12433. This contribution is connected with the research projects ‘Children’s Participation in Family Actions’ and ‘Improving Justice in Child Contact’.
- Scottish Women's Aid, Children 1st, Professor Kay Tisdall (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Fiona Morrison (University of Stirling) submitted a joint briefing on the Stage 2 debates of the Children (Scotland) Bill in June 2020. A copy of the briefing is available below.
- Scottish Women’s Aid (with input from Yello!, an expert group of young people who have experienced domestic abuse and the family courts), Children 1st, Professor Kay Tisdall (University of Edinburgh) and Dr Fiona Morrison (University of Stirling) submitted a joint briefing in advance of the Stage 3 debate on the Children (Scotland) Bill on the 25th August. A copy of the briefing is available below.
Dr Fiona Morrison (University of Stirling), Máire McCormack and Professor Kay Tisdall (University of Edinburgh) submitted a briefing to the Equality and Human RIghts Committee in response to a call for views on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill on the 16th October 2020. A copy of the briefing is available below.