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Progressing the Human Rights of Children in Scotland: A Report 2015-2018

Report to the Scottish Parliament under Part 1 of The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014

This Report has been compiled in accordance with the duties on Scottish Ministers under Part 1, section 1(4) of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (CYP Act). These duties require Ministers to report to the Scottish Parliament every 3 years on the steps they have taken in that period to secure better or further effect in Scotland of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) requirements and to promote public awareness and understanding of the rights of the child. Ministers must also set out their plans until the end of the next 3 year period. The Scottish Government’s responsibilities are restricted to devolved matters and Scottish Ministers’ duties under section 1 of the CYP Act apply in devolved areas only.

This reporting requirement is separated into a Report (this Report) on progress made in relation to children’s rights from June 2015, when the duties first commenced, until June 2018. A separate Action Plan, published alongside this Report, sets out the Scottish Ministers’ planned activity from June 2018 until June 2021 to further children’s rights.

Whilst this Report is focused on fulfilling Ministers’ duties under section 1(4) of the CYP Act, it also covers, where relevant, activity relating to the rights of children outwith the 3 year reporting period. Where appropriate, the Report also includes steps taken with regard to young people which may extend beyond the age of 18.