United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child - concluding observations 2023: SG initial response

This report sets out the Scottish Government’s (SG) initial response to the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations. It outlines the progress made in relation to children’s rights in Scotland since the publication of the Position Statement of November 2022


1 The seven indicators which focus specifically on outcomes for children and young people are: Child social and physical development, Child wellbeing and happiness, Children’s voices, Healthy start, Quality of children’s services, Children have positive relationships, Child material deprivation.

2 In 2018, the Scottish Government provided funding to Children in Scotland to enable them to set up a Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe. This was delivered in partnership with Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights).

3 Our ODA spend is included by the UK Government within its overall ODA return to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and is counted by the UK towards its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on ODA.

4 Section 28 of the 2010 Act.

5 The young people used #TeamScotlandUN to provide live updates during the dialogue session.

6 The UNCRC Act, once commenced, will not place a statutory duty on public authorities to undertake CRWIAs in policy development. This is in line with the comments made by UNICEF UK during the public consultation on the draft Bill that this might place too much of a burden on public authorities.

7 This includes amongst others Included, Engaged and Involved Part 2: A Positive Approach to Preventing and Managing School Exclusions, which was refreshed in 2017, and the Holding Safely, A Guide for Residential Child Care Practitioners and Managers about Physically Restraining Children and Young People (2005), which was updated in 2013.

8 A survey conducted on the campaign showed that it had a strong impact upon behaviour, with nine in ten recognisers of the campaign reporting taking action as a result of it, far exceeding the target set, and the highest rate of any Parent Club campaign.

9 To be recognised as a kinship carer for the five family payments, an individual must have a legal order or an agreement with the local authority. Kinship carers who do not have these may still be able to qualify providing they can demonstrate child responsibility by being in receipt of certain reserved benefits.

10 See progress reports: Year One (2020); and Year Two (2021).

11 PHS also collects data on paediatric surgery, dentistry, and paediatric outpatients.

12For data on store membership in areas by deprivation, see the Evaluation of the Scottish Grocers’ Federation Healthy Living Programme.

13 National Mission on Drugs: Annual Report 2022-2023 (October 2023)

14 The vast majority of these are eligible through Universal Credit for which good data is available, however for some of the other eligibility criteria, information is limited. The figure is therefore subject to some uncertainty.

15 The number of participants (over 269,000 with 46% female), sessions (over 425,000), deliverers (over 17,900 with 90% of those as volunteers), and school/club links (over 2,500) also increased over the same period.

16 The effect of this is that an offender under the age of 21 cannot be placed in an ‘adult’ prison.


Email: UNCRCIncorporation@gov.scot

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