Tell the UN: Your views and experiences of Care

Care experienced children and young people should have their rights respected.

But that doesn’t always happen. Not in Scotland, and not in the wider world. And if you’re care experienced yourself, you probably have thoughts about what needs to change.

If you do, then the United Nations would like to hear from you.

Day of General Discussion on Alternative Care

Later this year, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is holding a Day of General Discussion on Alternative Care.


A Day of General Discussion is an event where the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child invites people from around the world to discuss a significant issue impacting children’s human rights.

These people include:

  • adult experts on the issue being discussed, and
  • children and young people.

Read the full list of Days of General Discussion.


Children and young people tend to be brought up by their birth parents, but some are brought up in other ways. Alternative care is a term used to describe these.

Some forms of alternative care are:

  • residential care,
  • foster care,
  • adoption,
  • kinship care― living with a family member other than a parent.

Unaccompanied children can also be placed in alternative care.

Directly share your experiences with the UN

You can also send your views directly to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child by:

  • writing as much as you want to them, whether that’s a whole report or just a few sentences,
  • sending them a video,
  • sending them in photos or drawings.

The language you use should be English, Spanish or French.

Send your views by email to the UN at by Wednesday 30 June.

Your rights in care

Everyone under 18 has the same rights, but Article 20 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child makes clear that children and young people in care are entitled to special protection and help.

A person smiles while pointing to themselves in a circle of black dots. Beside them is a family with a child in a house, which has a big red line drawn through it.

UNCRC Article 20

I have the right to special protection and help if I can’t live with my own family