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Protecting Children’s Rights

We all have a responsibility to give children’s rights a clearer voice through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Council staff are being reminded that we all have an ongoing responsibility to protect the rights of our children.

This is the message as we continue to follow and respect The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – to ensure that all children’s rights are respected and that they are free to learn, play and develop.

This Convention – the gold standard for children’s rights and the blueprint for the Council – lists everything children are entitled to, from being given a name at birth and an education to good health care and protection from neglect.

So whatever service you work in – not just education or social work, for example, but also planning, housing, regeneration and others – think about children aged up to 18 when making decisions or creating policy.

Council chief executive Craig Hatton said: “Our young people’s fundamental rights must be respected, protected and fulfilled – and everyone has a part to play in this. It is everyone’s responsibility.”

The Scottish Government continues to make a strong commitment to children’s rights and is currently working towards formal incorporation of the UNCRC into Scots Law to ensure that:

  • Children’s rights are respected and protected in the law in Scotland and
  • Public authorities are legally required to respect and protect children’s rights in all the work that they do.

It is important that we think carefully about the UNCRC when creating policy and strategy to ensure children have a voice that can be clearly heard in all areas of life.

Examples of what is covered in the 54 Convention articles include everyone under 18 having the right to: be protected from violence and abuse; access to good health care and to get food, clothing and a safe place to live.

The Council has identified Champions within services and further awareness will be raised in the Council about what everyone’s responsibilities are over the coming year.

Council chief executive Craig Hatton said: “Our young people’s fundamental rights must be respected, protected and fulfilled – and everyone has a part to play in this. It is everyone’s responsibility.”
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