United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child implementation: introductory guidance

Non-statutory guidance developed in partnership with public authorities and the third sector, introducing key concepts within the UNCRC and links with further resources for embedding a children’s rights-based approach in public services.

Sources for Further Guidance

Children and Young People's Commissioner

In line with principles set out by the United Nations, the Commissioner for Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2003 established this role, with the first Commissioner taking up post in 2004. Their role is to promote and safeguard the rights of children, with particular emphasis on the UNCRC. Part 2 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014 Act introduced an individual investigations function to the role of the Commissioner, providing a limited mechanism through which children can seek an investigation into violations of their UNCRC rights. The Commissioner has a role to:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of the rights of children and young people
  • Support children and young people's rights to be protected in the law
  • Promote best practice by service providers

The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland has set out their key priorities for 2020-24 in their Strategic Plan.

Bruce Adamson has been the Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland since 2017.

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights)

Together is an alliance of Scottish children's charities – alongside individuals and professionals – who share a vision that all children and young people growing up in Scotland have their human rights respected, protected and fulfilled.

Their members range from small playgroups and afterschool clubs through to parenting organisations and large international charities. They work together to inspire and enable everyone in Scotland to put children and young people's human rights at the heart of everything they do. They do this by:

  • Taking proactive steps to build awareness of children's human rights across their membership, duty bearers and children and young people.
  • Building members' capacity to embed children's rights-based approaches and use equality and human rights to influence change.
  • Supporting their members to ensure children whose rights are most at risk are empowered to participate and influence decisions that affect them.

Together's activities include webinars, training, resources, peer support, and collaborating on their annual State of Children's Rights reports and submissions to UN bodies.


Email: UNCRCIncorporation@gov.scot

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