Can Scotland be Brave – Incorporating UNCRC Article 12 in practice

This project investigated how well practitioners, understood and implemented the full obligations of Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘UNCRC’).


Our thanks to the Scottish Government for funding this pilot project. In particular, Pauline Beirne AHP Children and Young People's National Lead at Scottish Government for her energy and vision in prioritising children's rights.

We are also grateful to:

  • Natalie Morrison, final year student from the Psychology Department of Stirling University intern program who helped us to collect and analyse the data.
  • Cormac Russell for giving us permission to include his nurture development model.
  • Professor Kate Wall, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow who helped broaden our thinking especially around not just creating a safe space but a brave space for both the practitioners and CYP - this in turn inspired the title of this report.
  • Dr Richard Simpson, honorary Professor of Health Sciences and Sport at Stirling University and Visiting honorary Professor St. Andrews University, who together with Kate gave us support, feedback and guidance.  
  • Each of our key contacts in the 3 project sites:
    • Frances Pate and Stephanie Grant from Indigo 
    • Allison Fox and Gail McGlynn from Langlees Primary
    • Jennifer Baillie and Sarah Negrette from NHS Fife Occupational Therapy service

Without their ability to lead by example, encourage staff and organise the follow up, this project would not have happened.

A huge thanks to all the children and young people who participated in the project and gave us their feedback. We will continue to promote your rights to be heard and encourage practitioners in Scotland to be brave in listening to, and acting upon, your views about your lives and your future.



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