The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on all public authorities to uphold and promote the Rights of the Child in line with the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), this includes their right to participate and contribute to decisions that affect them.
Section 2 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 requires them to report every 3 years on the steps they have taken to secure better or further effect the requirements of the UNCRC.
The Scottish Government is taking steps to ensure that children enjoy their rights, as set out in the UNCRC. These include:
- Implementing the UNCRC and incorporating it into Scots law
- An action plan to help children and young people experience their rights
- Using the Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) to ensure that their policies and legislation protect and promote the rights and wellbeing of children and young people
Getting it Right For Every Child is the national policy framework aimed at supporting the wellbeing of children and young people.
Over the last year there have been a number of activities undertaken nationally including a refresh of the GIRFEC policy which Fife has been involved in.
Fife’s GIRFEC Framework and Child Wellbeing Pathway embed the articles of the United Nations Convention Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice and promote the fundamental principle of working in partnership with children, young people and their families.
We want every child and young person to feel safe and supported; where they feel listened to, valued and their rights are respected. This includes children and young people being able to say how they feel especially when decisions are being made that affect them. Children and young people are best placed to suggest solutions about the issues that affect them and their communities. They have a range of experiences, thoughts, ideas and perspectives that can enrich decision making processes to influence community decisions, projects, policies and service improvements.
For more information contactEquality and Human Rights, Equality and Diversity
Tel: 01592 729130 Contact Equality and Human Rights online