YouthLink Scotland Policy Seminar on UNCRC Incorporation into Scots Law and Youth Work

On 28 August 2019, YouthLink Scotland held a Policy Seminar in Glasgow focussing on UNCRC incorporation into Scots Law and youth work. This seminar was attended by over 40 delegates from a range of organisations, such as national youth organisations, local authorities, equality based and youth work organisations. Included in the programme were speakers from Edinburgh University, Migrant Youth, LGBT Youth Scotland and an MSYP. The Minister for Children and Young People, Maree Todd, giving a pre-recorded opening address.

During facilitated round table discussions the delegates were also given an opportunity to share their views on the consultation of UNCRC in Scots Law. The questions asked are similar to those used in the consultation event with young people facilitated by YouthLink Scotland on the 18th of July 2019. The development of these questions was supported by the guidance provided by Together. The following report outlines the delegates’ responses to these questions.

Key findings to emerge from the seminar are noted below:

  • There should be an Advocate/Ambassador/Champion for children and young people’s rights who are independent from local government.
  • The majority of delegates favoured a copy and paste (direct) model for the incorporation.
  • The consensus amongst delegates was that direct incorporation needs to happen now.
  • There is a need for more education to ensure that children, young people and adults are aware of their rights.
  • Youth work is well placed to both educate and support children, young people and parents in their rights.
  • There is a need to invest in the development of training materials for the youth work sector to be in position to support children and young people in their rights.
  • There needs to be clear processes and guidance in what children and young people should do if their rights are breached.
  • Future government consultations need to be accessible and representative of a wide range of views.
  • The full report of the event can be found here.

You might be interested to know, we are back on the policy road again on 18 September as we discuss youth justice priorities in the context of youth work. We have a great list of speakers lined up for what will be an interesting day of reflection, a great networking opportunity, and chance to drive the youth justice agenda in Scotland. Find out more.

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