Children's rights

As Scotland’s national children’s charity, Children 1st aims to take a rights-based approach to all aspects of our work, including service design and delivery. This means working collaboratively alongside families to ensure their voices are heard and that children’s best interests are considered in all decisions that affect them.

The following guides provide a useful insight into children’s rights in Scotland, and the way in which the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) informs our work:

You can also read our response to Equalities and Human Rights Committee’s Call for Evidence on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill here.

Our staff work together with families to help them understand their rights and improve their awareness. We also work to reflect the experiences and stories of the people we work alongside in our policy and influencing work, including by advocating for a human rights-based approach to developing policies and legislation.

Children 1st is a member of the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights (Together Scotland). We work collaboratively with partners on key issues to encourage implementation of the recommendations from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child through longstanding campaigns, such as those for the equal protection for children from assault, the right to recovery services and access to justice.

What kind of Scotland? Children influencing Scotland's future 2017

The Children’s Parliament has produced a report on what is important to children living in Scotland and what responsibility adult duty bearers have to make it real. As a children’s rights-based organisation, we take away with us the key findings to ensure they are embedded in all aspects of our work. Most importantly, children have told us they want to live a world characterised by kindness, empathy and trust.

You can read the report on the Children's Parliament website (PDF).