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.

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

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

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

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

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

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 our news and blogs on the subject are collected here.

Podcast: Life during Lockdown

In our Life under Lockdown podcast, our young advisers Jodi and Jaymie talk to Bruce the Commissioner about their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. They talk about challenges to their mental health and wellbeing, anxieties over exams and their future, and what they’ve been able to reflect on while lockdown has been underway.

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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