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

Education, Leisure and Culture

What we are doing to support children's right to education, play, leisure, arts and culture.

The UN said…

Scotland should make sure that children are not bullied in school.

Scottish Government said…

No-one should be bullied or treated unfairly because of their age, race, gender, disabilities or for any other reason.

Respect for All: The National Approach to Anti-Bullying

We have a guide that tells adults how to help stop bullying. This guide is called 'Respect for All: The National Approach to Anti-Bullying for Scotland's Children and Young People'. We are looking at this guide to find out how we can make it better. Earlier this year, Education Scotland did an inspection on how bullying is recorded. What they found will help us tackle bullying.

What's next?

In 2024, we will keep looking at what it can do to make sure all children and young people are treated fairly. The "Respect for All" plan is being improved to make sure it has the best advice for how to deal with bullying. The improved plan should be ready later in 2024.

The UN said…

Schools should be teaching children and young people about how to respect people's differences.

Scottish Government said…

We want everyone to learn and have fun in school.

The 'Anti-Racism in Education Programme (AREP)'

We have a programme that helps us to be kind and respectful to each other and celebrate our differences. It is called the 'Anti-Racism in Education Programme (AREP)'. It teaches us how racism affects people so that schools can make sure it stops happening.

We also have a guide for how teachers teach about racism called 'Breaking the Mould: Principles for an Anti-Racist Curriculum.' We worked with people who know a lot about racism to make this guide.

What's next?

We want to make our schools fairer and kinder for everyone. We are working on lots of things to make sure that teachers, students and leaders are not racist or mean to each other. In May 2024, the First Minister will hold a big meeting with people who work in education. They will talk about how to stop racism in schools.

We are also making changes to our curriculum. We want to include more stories from different cultures and backgrounds.


Email: UNCRCIncorporation@gov.scot

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