We’re available for advice on children’s human rights on email at inbox@cypcs.org.uk and on freephone at

0800 019 1179.

Our coronavirus work


Our office is working to promote and protect the rights of children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic.

Human rights don’t go away in a crisis, but realising them faces new challenges. Rights like the right to food, education and the best health possible still need to be fulfilled, but Scotland needs to take action so this happens for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in society.

Independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment

We worked with the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland to conduct an Independent Children’s Rights Impact Assessment on how emergency laws and policies around coronavirus have affected children and young people in Scotland.

It’s the largest assessment of its kind to be done anywhere in the world around coronavirus laws and policies.

Our policy work on coronavirus

Emergency legislation passed by the Scottish and UK Governments has a significant effect on human rights protections for Scotland’s children and young people, and we are concerned it disproportionately affects the most vulnerable. Our MSP briefings outline our concerns around legislation as it was presented to the Scottish Parliament.

Our policy work on reopening schools

Our policy work on emergency legislation

Read the text of this briefing on a mobile-friendly webpage.

News and blogs on coronavirus

Commissioner Bruce Adamson, our office’s staff and our young advisers have all written about coronavirus and children’s rights, and some of our news and blogs on the subject are collected here.

Learning from home with the Commissioner

Still from video with the words: Welcome to learning from home with the Children's Commissioner Scotland

Our Participation Officer Cathy is creating a series of videos to help children learn about their human rights at home, while supported by their parents or carers.

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