United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Strategic Implementation Board


The overall aim of the UNCRC Strategic Implementation Board is to provide strategic oversight of a comprehensive and joined-up programme to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This will work to ensure children’s rights in Scotland are respected, protected and fulfilled.

The membership of the UNCRC Strategic Implementation Board will represent the views of both duty bearers and rights holders. It will also ensure that the implementation programme takes a rights-respecting approach, and that the wider governance structure established to oversee delivery of the programme supports proportionate, effective, balanced and transparent decision making. The Board will support links being made with other relevant activity across Scottish Government and beyond.

Related groups


  • Andrew Watson, Director for Children and Families, Scottish Government (Chair)
  • Ben Farrugia, Director, Social Work Scotland
  • Chloe Riddell, Policy Lead, The Promise
  • Craig Morris, Head of Improvement Support, Care Inspectorate
  • David Wallace, Chief Executive, Social Security Scotland
  • Dragan Nastic, Strategic Lead UNCRC, UNICEF UK
  • Eleanor Kerr, Head of Service, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • Gary Ritchie, Assistant Chief Constable, Police Scotland
  • Gayle Gorman, Chief Executive and Chief Inspector, Education Scotland
  • Gina Wilson, Head of Strategy, Children and Young People's Commissioner's Scotland (CYPCS)
  • Ian Donaldson, Deputy Director, Children’s Rights Protection and Justice, Scottish Government
  • Jennifer Davidson, Executive Director, Institute for Inspiring Children's Futures
  • Juliet Harris, Director, Together
  • Riley Power, Executive Director, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Laura Caven, Chief Officer, Children and Young People, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, (CoSLA)
  • Laura Pasternak, Policy and Participation Manager, Who Cares? Scotland, representing Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)
  • Margaret Gibb, Director, Parenting Across Scotland
  • Margo Williamson, Chief Executive, Angus Council, representing SOLACE
  • Michael Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator
  • Noel Rehfisch, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
  • Norma Ruettimann, Quality and Learning Advisor, Care and Learning Alliance (CALA)
  • Richmond Davies, Chief Executive Officer, Public Health Scotland


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