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

This report explains how the Scottish Government (SG) is responding to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s concluding observations. These were published in 2023. This document will tell you about some of the things we are doing to make things better for children and their families in Scotland

Civil Rights and Freedoms

What we are doing to help children move around freely in public places and protect their rights to information and privacy.

The UN said…

Children should have access to the internet even if they don't have a lot of money.

Scottish Government said…

We know that some people find it hard to get online. That's why we have created a special programme called "Connecting Scotland".

Connecting Scotland and the Digital Education Strategy

It is important that everyone has what they need to use the internet. We are working with Connecting Scotland to help some families with children who are struggling to get online. Being able to use the internet will help these families access learning materials and other services.

What's next?

In 2024, the Scottish Government will keep working with its partners to make a document. This document will tell everyone how technology could change how we learn in schools. We know how important technology is to our education. We want to help make sure that everyone gets the chance to learn digital skills.

The UN said…

Children and young people should be allowed to meet in groups to express their views and take part in protests.

Scottish Government said…

Everyone should be allowed to gather and express their views.

Taking part in peaceful protest

We believe that our children and young people have the right to gather safely and express their views. Children and young people have the right to protest about things they care about. We want people to be safe, so we support Police Scotland to make sure everyone can protest safety.

What's next?

We will work with Police Scotland to help ensure that children and young people can meet in groups safely. We will continue to make sure that everyone's rights are protected.


Email: UNCRCIncorporation@gov.scot

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