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Children’s Rights Updates from Scottish Government

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 26th March 2019

Read the latest updates as set out in the Human Rights of Children in Scotland: 2018-2021 Action Plan.

In December 2019, Scottish Ministers laid before Parliament a report on actions relevant to children’s rights taken over the past three years and an Action Plan (this link will take you away from our website) for the next three years, in line with Part 1 duties.  As part of their work towards achieving the commitments laid out in the Action Plan, the Children’s Rights and Participation Team are currently undertaking a consultation on child rights awareness resources; hosting six unconference events around Scotland; and have updated the Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA).

Consultation on Child Rights Awareness Resources

The Scottish Government is calling on children, young people and adults to help shape their 3 Year Child Rights Awareness Programme.

The initial phase of the programme is to map existing resources currently in use across Scotland, to raise the awareness and understanding of children’s rights with children, young people and adults.  The consultation asks you to consider the resources, programmes and training packages you have experience in using, delivering or participating in and to identify those areas/groups you feel are not covered by existing materials. Please complete the following survey (this link will take you away from our website)  before 5pm on Monday 15th Apr 2019.

If you would like to find out more about the Child Rights Awareness Programme please get in touch with Ceri Hunter at ChildrensRightsandParticipation@gov.scot

Children’s Rights Cafés – Popping up in a town near you!

The Scottish Government would like to invite you to make a reservation at one of our six Rights Cafés throughout the country to work with us to design a menu of approaches to raising awareness of children’s rights, as set out in the Programme for Government.

At our Rights Café you will have the opportunity to design your own menu and consider the resources, programmes and training packages you have experience in using, delivering or participating in and help us identify those areas/groups you feel are not covered by existing materials.

If you’d like to get involved in shaping the menu, make sure to book onto an upcoming Café via Eventbrite (this link will take you away from our website):

  • 3 April, The Stirling Highland Hotel, Stirling
  • 5 April, Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries
  • 11 April, The Studio, Glasgow
  • 17 April, Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness
  • 25 April, Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee
  • 29 April, COSLA, Haymarket, Edinburgh

If you would like to find out more about the Child Rights Awareness Programme please get in touch with Ceri Hunter at ChildrensRightsandParticipation@gov.scot

Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments

After a period of evaluation, the Scottish Government have updated their Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA).  The process has been streamlined into three stages and can be used by Public Authorities and 3rd Sector Organisations to assess the impact their policies have on children’s rights and wellbeing.

Other updates include

  • Simplified flowchart
  • Reduced number of questions
  • Better clarity around the links between the UNCRC and the Wellbeing Indicators.
  • Revised questions to make specific links to Articles of the UNCRC and the impact on Wellbeing.

This process would be particularly helpful to those Public Authorities who have a reporting duty under Part 1 Section 2 of the Children & Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

All of the templates, guidance and the training tool can be found on the Scottish Government Children’s Rights Webpage (this link will take you away from our website).

Examples of CRWIAs completed and published by the Scottish Government can be found here (this link will take you away from our website) or here (this link will take you away from our website) (please note CRWIA’s started before March 2019 will be in the old format)

If you would like to find out more about the Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment please get in touch with Ceri Hunter at ChildrensRightsandParticipation@gov.scot

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