19 November 2021

UNCRC implementation guidance published

The Scottish Government has today (19 November 2021) published introductory guidance on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Developed in partnership with local authorities and the third sector, the guidance introduces the key concepts within the UNCRC and links with further resources for embedding a children’s rights-based approach in public services. The guidance is aimed at all those delivering public services to children, young people, and their families, to help them to consider the UNCRC in the delivery of their services, and to take actions now to make children’s rights real.

In October 2020, the UK Supreme Court has handed down its judgement which ruled that four provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill are outside the devolved legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament. Scottish Government Ministers have pledged the Scottish Government’s commitment to incorporating the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law to the maximum extent possible after the ruling and are considering the implications of the judgment and how best to take this legislation forward.

Read the guidance