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Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 23/05/2019 The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to incorporate the UN’s ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into Scots Law

Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Scottish Government is seeking views on how best to incorporate the UN’s ‘gold standard’ for children’s rights into Scots Law and improve the lives of children and young people.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the most complete statement of children’s rights ever produced and sets out the rights of every child, irrespective of where they live, the religion they follow or the make-up of their society. This includes rights to be treated fairly and equally, the right to be as healthy as possible, and the right to be heard.

Incorporating the UNCRC will strengthen existing work to protect and respect children, and the consultation seeks views on the best way to do this within the context of Scots law, and the powers of the Scottish Parliament.

“The UNCRC is recognised internationally as the ‘gold standard’, and we believe it is time to incorporate the UNCRC into domestic law,” said Deputy First Minister John Swinney. “This will ensure that children’s rights are woven into policy, law and decision-making. Children will be empowered to know and understand their rights and, if necessary, defend them in court.”

The consultation will run until 14th August 2019. It can be found here.

 

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