This Government's ambition is for Scotland to become the best place in the world for a child to grow up. Recognising, respecting and promoting rights is essential if we are to make that vision a reality. This means making practical changes in order to ensure that children experience their rights on a day to day basis, whether that be their right to be heard, to be brought up by their parents, to be protected from exploitation or to be supported in exercising their cultural beliefs.
Our approach is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – a piece of international law which makes clear what children can expect from us and what our responsibilities are towards them. It builds on the range of broader human rights which apply to us all. None of what the UNCRC says conflicts with the rights of others.
Making rights ‘real’ for children requires creative thinking. We know that no one change will deliver the changes we want to see and it is important for us to use the range of tools available to us. After all, children are affected in some way or another by almost every aspect of the Scottish Government’s work.
From 15 June 2015, Scottish Government officials will start to use a Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA). This will help Minsters meet their duties under Part 1 of the Children and Young People Scotland Act 2014, and in relation to the Articles of the UNCRC.
Find out more about CRWIA