Together publishes briefing on UNCRC incorporation
Together has produced a briefing to help anyone responding to Scottish Government’s consultation on incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots law. This initial briefing aims to unpick and explain some of the consultation questions and support members as they consider how to respond.
In partnership with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Together established an independent Incorporation Advisory Group comprising of a range of international and Scottish experts on the UNCRC and incorporation. The group drafted a Children’s Rights (Scotland) Bill, setting out what its members consider the most effective model for incorporating the UNCRC into Scots law. Together continues to believe that the draft Bill sets out the “gold standard” model of incorporation. As such, Together’s briefing:
- Unpicks and explains some of the questions in the consultation paper.
- Demonstrates how the draft Children’s Rights (Scotland) Bill aligns with the Scottish Government’s proposal and supports the First Minister’s ambition.
- Highlights learning from countries that have already incorporated the UNCRC, including Norway, Finland, Belgium, Sweden and Spain.
- Explores developments closer to home that have prepared the way for incorporation – including the 2011 Welsh Measure and the Children and Young People Scotland Act 2014.