Commissioner’s speech to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care: Access to Justice and accountability for children and young people in alternative care, their families, and adults who grew up in care
July 2021. Our office’s second briefing to Police Scotland’s Independent Advisory Group on emergency coronavirus powers.
The briefing focuses on the impact of these powers on the human rights of children and young people in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic has starkly highlighted ways in which Scots law is not compatible with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
July 2021. We welcome the opportunity to respond to the Special Rapporteur’s call for inputs on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of peaceful protests during crisis situations. This submission focuses on the challenges faced by children and young people to enjoy these rights in Scotland.
July 2021. The Commissioner’s office supported A Place in Childhood (APiC) to work with 25 Young Consultants, exploring their views and experiences of the second lockdown.
This report collects APiC’s findings and highlights the Young Consultants’ 34 Asks to the Scottish Government for meaningful change around Covid.
July 2020. This submission to the European Committee of Social Rights aims to inform their review of the UK under thematic group 2: health, social security, and social protection.
June 2021. Currently, the UK Army recruits more soldiers at 16 than any other age. In this joint letter coordinated by CRIN, 20 prominent human rights voices call for an end to the UK government’s practice of recruiting those under 18.
June 2021. Report of our latest investigation, which found children in secure accommodation may have been deprived of their liberty without due process of law.
June 2021. Joint briefing from the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Commissioner on human rights issues surrounding education and Alternative Certification Models.
May 2021. Letter to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions from the Children’s Commissioners of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, calling for an end to the two-child limit on Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit.