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.
09:15 Registration and Refreshments
09:40 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
09:45 Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People, Scottish Government
10:00 Questions and Discussion with the Minister
10:15 Andy Sirel, Senior Associate, JustRight Scotland
10:35 Professor Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director, Centre of Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection (CELCIS)
10:55 Questions and Discussion
11:05 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
11:25 Gerry McMurtie, Senior Professional Adviser, Rights Respecting Schools, UNICEF
11:45 Anne Wilson, Development Officer, Children's Health Scotland
12:05 Allan Lindsay, Participation and Co-design Director, Young Scot
12:25 Juliet Harris, Director, Together - Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights
12:45 Questions and Discussion
13:00 Lunch and Networking
Session 3: Next Steps for Children's Rights in Scotland
13:45 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.
14:20 Panel Discussion
Topics for discussion include:
- Overcoming challenges and monitoring progress
- How to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up
Juliet Harris, Director, Together - Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights
Heather Smith, Independent Consultant, Propensity to Protect
Elected Member (MSYP), Scottish Youth Parliament
15:00 Closing Remarks from the Chair
15:05 Close of Event
Please note the agenda is subject to change
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