Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA)

This impact assessment considers how the Victims, Witnesses, and Justice Reform (Scotland) Bill will affect children’s rights and wellbeing. It records the research, analysis and engagement that has taken place in respect of this and how this has informed the development of the Bill.

Impact on wellbeing: does or will the relevant proposal contribute to the wellbeing of children and young people in Scotland?

Further information about the wellbeing indicators can be found on the Scottish Government website

The indicators where there will be an improvement in wellbeing are:

  • safe - growing up in an environment where a child or young person feels secure, nurtured, listened to and enabled to develop to their full potential (this includes freedom from abuse or neglect)
  • healthy - having the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health, access to suitable healthcare, and support in learning to make healthy and safe choices
  • nurtured - growing, developing and being cared for in an environment which provides the physical and emotional security, compassion and warmth necessary for healthy growth and to develop resilience and a positive identity
  • respected - being involved in and having their voices heard in decisions that affect their life, with support where appropriate
  • responsible - having opportunities and encouragement to play active and responsible roles at home, in school and in the community, and where necessary, having appropriate guidance and supervision
  • included - having help to overcome inequalities and being accepted as part of their family, school and community

The indicators where there will no impact on wellbeing are:

  • achieving - being supported and guided in learning and in the development of skills, confidence and self-esteem, at home, in school and in the community
  • active - having opportunities to take part in activities such as play, recreation and sport, which contribute to healthy growth and development, at home, in school and in the community



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