Embedding Children’s Rights Into Service Delivery

This year, the Year of Young People has highlighted the potential, rights and abilities of our young people as well as the challenges they continue to face. This event will examine priorities for embedding and empowering the rights of children within service delivery, to realise the ambition for Scotland to be the best place in the world to grow up, be educated and raise children and young people.

Promoting rights and awareness

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights to which all children are entitled, regardless of their circumstances or background. These include rights related to education, health, childcare and housing, amongst others.

In July 2018, the Scottish Government launched a consultation on progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland which seeks to shape an Action Plan for ‘taking forward the rights of the child over the coming three-year period’. Central to this is a commitment to raising awareness of children’s rights, including among children and young people, as well as effecting change amongst all UNCRC duty bearers. So how can we place the rights and views of young people at the heart of decisions made by local authorities, public bodies and relevant service professionals?

Join Holyrood as we scrutinise priorities and potential for the Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland Action Plan 2018-21. Sessions will examine context, engagement and good practice in embedding children’s rights and enabling all to thrive.

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Children’s rights in policy and law
  • Putting the voice of children at the heart of decisions impacting them
  • Co-production and partnership working as a tool for delivery
  • Promoting the rights of children and raising awareness
  • Nurturing meaningful engagement with decision making
  • Embedding rights into practice


9:15 Registration and Refreshments

9:55 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Professor Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh

10:00 Session 1: Policy and Context

  • Children’s rights in policy and law
  • Priorities for promoting the rights of children and raising awareness
  • How embedding children’s rights can tackle poverty and inequalities in outcomes

10:00 Children’s rights - where are we now?

  • “Magic 12”
  • Respect for children’s rights
  • Rights vs protection

Katy Macfarlane, Senior Teaching Fellow in Child and Family Law, University of Edinburgh

10:25 Children's Human Rights in Law, Policy and Practice - Making Rights Real in Scotland

  • How are children’s rights currently respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland?
  • What is Scotland’s ambition for children’s rights?
  • And what would a rights-respecting Scotland look like?

Juliet Harris, Director, Together Scotland

10:50 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

11:20 Refreshment Break

11:40 Session 2: A Child-Centred Approach

  • Getting children involved and engaged
  • Coproduction and partnership working as a tool for delivery
  • Putting the voice of children at the heart of decisions impacting them
  • Nurturing meaningful engagement with decision making

11:40 Children and Young People at the Heart of Local Decisions, Services and Spaces 

 Naomi Danquah, Child Friendly Cities & Communities Programme Director, UNICEF UK

12:10 How The Views of Children and Young People Can and Should Influence Decision Making

Amy Woodhouse, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, Children in Scotland

12:40 Questions and Roundtable Discussions

13:00 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice and Next Steps

  • Translating rights into service delivery
  • Successful examples of empowering our children
  • Measuring the impact of rights-led change

13:30 Children and Young People’s Health Rights eLearning resource – adopting a rights-based approach in practice

  • CYP health rights in policy and law
  • Promoting health rights of children and raising awareness
  • Embedding health rights into practice

Anne Wilson, Development Officer, Children’s Health Scotland

14:00 Supporting Children’s Rights – Inverclyde HSCP

  • What does it look in practice?
  • What difference is it making?
  • What can we do?

Aileen Wilson, Children’s Rights & Information Officer, Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP)

Jennifer McGhee, Kinship Support Worker, Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP)

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Chair’s Closing Remarks

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
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27 November 2018
United Kingdom



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