Research Network on Children’s Human Rights

The Observatory has received funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) to develop a Research Network on children's human rights.

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The Research Network

The Research Network is a partnership between Childhood and Youth Studies Research Group (Moray House School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh) and the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Futures (Strathclyde University). The core membership of the Observatory provides its steering committee.

The Research Network is supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Research Network grant. It is initially funded for two years starting March 2023.

The Network’s purpose

The Network aims to bring together research expertise with both the lived experiences of children and young people and Scottish policy-makers, practitioners and civil society.

It will:

  • Mobilise knowledge and foster spaces to grapple with complex challenges inherent in implementing children’s human rights; and
  • Identify progress and challenges in implementing children’s human rights and how to address gaps in particular practices and systems.

We have published a blog delving into the purpose and expected activities of the Network.

Blog: Launch of a new Research Network on Children's Human Rights

The Network’s activities

Get in touch with us at or sign up below to get added to the Network’s mailing list and receive updates on the Network and our work.

Children's rights research email distribution list

We have set up an email distribution list for the Research Network, using the service Jiscmail. It is being used as a vehicle for all news regarding the Research Network as well as a  space for mailing list members to share research, information and opportunities with each other, for example:

  • Sharing recent research relevant to children’s human rights
  • Crowdsourcing requests for research, researchers, resources, data, etc.
  • Finding research partners, whether in academic, third sector or public services, for research projects, fundraising etc.
  • Highlighting relevant events, trainings, job ads, etc.

To join the distribution list, you can email us at or sign up directly at the link below.

Jiscmail Research Network distribution list sign-up form

Participation Working Group

The Research Network is hosting a Participation Working Group. If you are interested in being involved, get in touch with us. 


Third meeting of the Research Network

We will be holding another meeting in the afternoon of Wednesday 13th November 2024, in person in either Edinburgh or Glasgow (TBC). Sign up to our mailing list for updates!

Second meeting of the Research Network

The Research Network hosted a second event in-person on 1st February 2024, at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow. Using the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the state of children's rights in the UK as a framework for discussions, the day saw a variety of researchers sharing their work on panels and taking part in lively exchanges.

Launch of the Research Network

We were delighted to host the launch of the new Research Network on Children’s Human Rights on Thursday 22nd June 2023 - you can see a recording of the plenary sessions on the link below.

Launch recording

Mapping research on children’s human rights across Scotland

One of the Network’s first steps is to map existing, current and proposed research on children's human rights, that relates to Scotland. Please help us in this work by filling out the form below

Mapping research form

Privacy notice

The information you provide us will be used by the Observatory to create a Research Network on children’s human rights and to support its aims to mobilise knowledge and foster spaces to grapple with the complex challenges raised by the implementation of children’s human rights. 

We are using information about you because you have given us your consent to do so. We will hold the personal data you provided us for 2 years . After this period, we will send a communication to you querying whether we can continue to hold your personal data. You may also contact us at any time to request your personal information to be deleted.  If you have additionally opted into our mailing list, please note that you can opt out of it at any time, by emailing

Your information may be shared with the core membership of the Observatory, who form the steering committee of the Network.

Please note we do not use profiling or automated decision-making processes. 

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