SCRA welcomes incorporation of UNCRC

Posted on 03rd Sep 2020

SCRA has warmly welcomed the Scottish Government’s landmark Bill to fully incorporate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scots domestic law.

Neil Hunter, SCRA’s Principal Reporter/Chief Executive Officer, said: “It truly is a momentous and exciting time for Scotland.

“We are looking forward to working with all our partners to make any necessary changes in the Children’s Hearings System to strengthen children’s rights.”

Neil added: “We are proud of a system which has, from the very beginning, recognised the rights of children and families and has sought to find consensus between families and professionals through open and honest discussion.

“Statutory measures of intervention always impact on rights and responsibilities and must only be used after careful consideration and discussion with all voices being heard, but with a particular focus on the views of children and young people.

“Scotland has already started a transformation journey. SCRA is committed to working together with the Independent Care Review’s Promise to care experienced children and young people in Scotland to make the necessary changes and improvements that ensure that children’s rights remain at the very heart of the Children’s Hearings System, which continues to protect children and to protect their rights.”

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