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

Violence Against Children

What we are doing to keep children safe and to help those who have been harmed.

The UN said…

Children who have been hurt or treated badly should get the help they need to recover. The help should be given in a caring way and in a way that protects their rights.

Scottish Government said…

We want all children who have been hurt or treated badly to have the help and support they need in a way that makes them feel safe.

Bairns' Hoose

Children and young people have told us what they want this help to look like and we are acting on this. We will give children this support in places called 'Bairns' Hoose'. This means that children have all the help they need in one place.

There are now six Bairns' Hoose test sites. These will support children in different parts of Scotland. We will look at how we can make the support they give to children even better. We want to make sure all children who need this support can get it.

The UN said…

Children should be safe wherever they are, including online.

Scottish Government said…

We know that sometimes bad people can try to hurt or trick children on the internet.

Parent Club Scotland and the Child Online Safety Campaign

We created the Child Online Safety Campaign to help parents and carers. It will help them talk to children about online safety. It will help them keep children safe online. Over 900,000 people saw the campaign in three weeks in 2023.

In October 2023, we also put some new information on the Parent Club website. It has useful tips and links for parents and carers to help children stay safe online as they grow up.

What's next?

We will keep checking the Parent Club website to make sure the information is up-to-date. We want to provide the best advice about how to stay safe online.


Email: UNCRCIncorporation@gov.scot

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