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Children's rights reporting

In 2023, the Observatory worked with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland to ask public authorities about their duty under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 to report on children’s rights.

Under Part 1 (section 2) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, listed public authorities (including local authorities, health boards and other listed public authorities with responsibilities relating to children’s rights) have a duty to publish a report every three years on the steps they have taken to further align with the UNCRC within their area of responsibility.

Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

The first three-year period ran between 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. In 2020, to recognise the impact of the pandemic on public services, the public authorities to which the duty applies were granted extensions on this reporting duty. The extension expired on 30 September 2022 and reports for the 2017-2020 period were then due as soon as practicable. Reports for the 2020-2023 period are now due as soon as practicable after 31 March 2023.

In January 2023, the Observatory worked with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland to send Freedom of Information (FOI) requests to all listed public authorities to ask about their progress on the matter. The reports shared with us in response can be found on this page.

If you are aware of further reports which are not represented on this page, please get in touch with us at childrens.rights@ed.ac.uk and we will upload them here where we can. 

Over the summer of 2023, an Edinburgh Law School Human Rights LLM student reviewed the reports shared with us and used them as the basis for her dissertation analysis of the listed public authorities' reporting duty under Part 1 (section 2) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. You can read her analysis below. The views expressed in this work are not necessarily representative of the Observatory’s views or those of its members.

The Improvement Service's UNCRC Implementation Project supports local authorities across Scotland to prepare for the incorporation of the UNCRC. Visit their page for more information and join their Knowledge Hub to become part of a community sharing information, learning and ideas. 

The Improvement Service's UNCRC Implementation Project (external site)

Children's Human Rights in Scotland Knowledge Hub (external site)

 Children’s Rights reports 2020-23

Children’s Rights reports 2017-20