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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.7 Current debates and reforms

Last update: 25 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 31/08/2018 - 13:21


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.


State of Children’s Rights Survey 2020


Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights, recent UNCRC 2020 webinar series have helped build a picture of the current state of children’s rights in Scotland. Together is now seeking the public’s views in a survey to help shape the report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, highlighting priority children’s rights issues in Scotland.


This report will inform the UN Committee’s review of the UK’s progress implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Among the issues covered is special protection measures and child justice, and civil rights and freedoms.


Together Scotland’s State of Children’s Rights survey is currently collecting responses at the time of writing. (October 2020)


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 rights and awareness of global issues. 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.


Young Leaders Development Programme 

In 2019 a Youth Steering Group was set up by DCMS and led by the British Youth Council to advise the government on priorities for environmental action. As well as this, the 2050 Climate Group are running the Young Leaders Development Programme to empower 18-35 year old’s to tackle climate change. This programme includes responding to the latest consultations, and working to have young people at the core of policymaking.