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EACEA National Policies Platform


5. Participation

5.10 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 25 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 13/10/2020 - 18:04


Children and young people's voices matter: progress report 2020


A progress report released in January 2020, regarding the actions agreed at the third annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 5 March 2019, highlights some current policy reforms and developments to do with young people’s participation. The government provided Young Scot with funding to co-produce a strategic approach to participation and a children’s rights awareness raising programme to work with children aged 3-18. This work started on 1 August 2019 and will continue until 31 July 2020.


UNCRC Incorporation Bill 


On 1 September 2020 the UNCRC Incorporation Bill was introduced to parliament in Scotland to incorporate the United National Convention of the Rights on the Child into Scottish law. Incorporation means children's rights will be legally protected in Scotland. It will mean that public authorities must take steps to respect children's rights in their decisions and actions. And it will mean that children, young people and their representatives will be able to use courts in Scotland to enforce their rights. 


The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill will now be considered by the Scottish Parliament which will invite people to share their views on the Bill. You can find out about this on the Scottish Parliament's website.