Children's rights working group


The Working Group was convened in June 2019 to inform the development of a model that incorporates the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law in Scotland. 

The Group considered the policy, practice and legislative implications of UNCRC incorporation, using the Scottish Government’s consultation document, 'Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law consultation' as a key framework for its work. 

See the Group's Terms of Reference

The Group met eight times from 25 June 2019 to 24 February 2020. The Group’s Summary Report, published in July 2020, is attached below. The Report includes the minutes of meetings and summaries of workshop discussions. The views described in the Report and its Annexes are the opinions and discussions of members of the Working Group, as expressed during the meetings of the Group.





Michael Chalmers

Scottish Government

Director, Children & Families, Chair

Mairi Macpherson

Scottish Government

Deputy Director, Creating Positive Futures, Chair

Dr Katie Boyle

Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law, University of Stirling

Individual, academic

Lynda Brabender QC

Westwater Advocates

Individual, legal

Michael Clancy OBE

Director, Law Reform, The Law Society of Scotland

Representative, legal

Nicola Dickie

Chief Officer, Children and Young People, COSLA

Representative, local government

David Duncan

Chief Superintendent, Head of Safer Communities, Police Scotland

Representative, policing

Juliet Harris

Director, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights)

Representative, 3rd sector

Dr Kenneth Meechan

Chair of FOI, Data Protection & Human Rights, Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland (SOLAR)

Representative, legal / local government

Dragan Nastic

Senior Policy and Advocacy Advisor, UNICEF

Representative, UNICEF

Prof Aoife Nolan

Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham

Individual, academic

Laura Pasternak

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Scottish Youth Parliament

Representative, children and young people


Lucinda Rivers

Head of UNICEF UK in Scotland

Representative, UNICEF

Douglas Ross QC

Ampersand Advocates

Individual, legal

Hannah Ross

Policy Assistant, COSLA

Representative, local government

Norma Shippin

Director, Central Legal Office and Legal Adviser, NHS

Representative, health

Clare Simpson

Manager, Parenting Across Scotland

Representative, third sector, children and families

Suki Wan

Scottish Youth Parliament

Representative, young person







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