Guidance on Part 1, Section 2 (Duties of Public Authorities in relation to the UNCRC) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

Guidance for public authorities about how they should fulfil the duties set out in Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

Appendix 1: Part 1: Reporting Requirements

Children's Rights


Part 1, Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014


To reflect the role of the United National Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in influencing the design and delivery of policies and services in Scotland.

Public bodies responsible

a) A local authority

b) Children's Hearings Scotland

c) Scottish Children's Reporter Administration

d) A health board

e) A "special health board" (A board constituted under section 2(1)(b) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978)

f) Healthcare Improvement Scotland

g) Scottish Qualifications Authority

h) Skills Development Scotland

i) Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (Care Inspectorate)

j) Scottish Social Services Council

k) Scottish Sports Council (SportScotland)

l) Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland

m) Scottish Police Authority

n) Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

o) Scottish Legal Aid Board

p) Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland

q) Scottish Housing Regulator

r) Bord na Gaidhlig

s) Creative Scotland

t) An integration joint board to which functions in relation to persons under 18 years of age are delegated in pursuance of an integration scheme prepared under section 1 or 2 of the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act 2014. [inserted by The Public Bodies (Joint Working)(Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications and Saving Order 2015 (SSI 2015/157]

Other organisations and persons to be involved (at certain stages)


Scope of plan

N/A (No plan required)

Aims of plan

N/A (No plan required)

Timespan of plan

N/A (No plan required)

Review of plan

N/A (No plan required)


As soon as practicable after the end of each 3 year period, the relevant public bodies (listed above) must publish, in such a manner as they consider appropriate, a report on what steps they have taken in that period to secure better, or further effect within its areas of responsibility, of the UNCRC requirements.

Two or more of the public bodies (listed above) may publish a report jointly.

Submit reports / information to Scottish Ministers

No. (However, every 3 years Scottish Ministers must lay before the Scottish Parliament a report detailing what steps they have taken to secure better, or give effect further to, the UNCRC requirements in Scotland, and their plans for the next 3 years; to inform this process. Scottish Ministers may use the Children's Rights Reports of public bodies.)



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