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Children's Rights: Protecting, Supporting, Empowering

With the Scottish Government soon to report on the consultation into incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots Law, and the new commitment to bring forward a Children Bill in this parliamentary session, this timely event examines the state of children's rights in Scotland and what more must be done to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. 

UNCRC Incorporation & a New Children Bill for Scotland 

The UNCRC is the most complete statement on children’s rights ever produced. Covering all aspects of a child’s life, it includes rights related to education, health, childcare, and housing. 

A recent focus on improving children's rights in justice has seen better provisions for child witnesses and soon equal protection from assault, but what other measures can complement this approach? Does incorporation of the UNCRC move us towards the Scottish Government’s vision of a country where everyone grows up respected? And how can we place the rights and views of young people at the heart of decisions made by teachers, social workers, and healthcare professionals – and at the centre of local service delivery? 

Join Holyrood as we examine the practical implications of incorporating the UNCRC into Scots Law, explore the forthcoming Children Bill, and consider the future direction of children's rights in Scotland. 

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • The state of children's rights in Scotland and a review of recent and upcoming policy developments 
  • Incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law and how this will impact and improve children's lives
  • An update on the Children Bill promised before the end of this parliamentary session
  • Putting the voice of children at the heart of decisions impacting them
  • Co-production and partnership working as a tool for embedding children's rights in service delivery 
  • Involving parents in improving the rights of their child 
  • Overcoming challenges and monitoring progress
  • How to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up

Confirmed speakers

  • Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, Scottish Government 
  • Andy Sirel, Senior Associate, JustRight Scotland 
  • Gerry McMurtie, Senior Professional Adviser, Rights Respecting Schools, UNICEF
  • Elected Member (MSYP), Scottish Youth Parliament 
  • Allan Lindsay, Participation and Co-design Director, Young Scot

Who should attend? 

This event will be of interest to everyone who designs services or works directly with children and young people, including:

  • Teachers
  • Early years practitioners
  • Family centre workers
  • Policy officers
  • Social workers
  • Child protection officers
  • and all other professionals that work with children

Agenda*

9:30 Registration and morning refreshments 

09:55 Welcome and introduction from the Chair 

Session 1: Children's Rights in Policy and Law

  • The state of children's rights in Scotland and a review of recent and upcoming policy developments 
  • Incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law and how this will impact and improve children's lives
  • An update on the Children Bill promised before the end of this parliamentary session

10:00 Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, Scottish Government 

10:15 Questions and Discussion with the Minister 

10:30 Andy Sirel, Senior Associate, JustRight Scotland 

10:50 Senior Academic

11:10 Questions and Discussion

11:20 Refreshments and Networking 

Session 2: A Child-Centred Approach in Practice

  • Putting the voice of children at the heart of decisions impacting them
  • Co-production and partnership working as a tool for embedding children's rights in service delivery 
  • Involving parents in improving the rights of their child 

11:40 Gerry McMurtie, Senior Professional Adviser, Rights Respecting Schools, UNICEF

12:00 Elected Member (MSYP), Scottish Youth Parliament 

12:20 Allan Lindsay, Participation and Co-design Director, Young Scot

12:40 Questions and Discussion 

12:50 Interactive Discussion

Delegates will be divided into small groups to discuss what can be learned from the case-study presentations for your work and organisation.

13:30 Lunch and networking 

Session 3: Next Steps for Children's Rights in Scotland 

14:15 Panel Discussion 

Topics for discussion include:

  • Overcoming challenges and monitoring progress
  • How to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up

Speakers: tbc

15:05 Closing remarks from the Chair 

15:15 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change

 

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Date
11 Mar 2020
Venue
Central Edinburgh
Cost
Reduced Rate
1 place £145 + VAT

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Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m

Private Sector Rate
1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place

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