About the Commissioner

The Children and Young People's Commissioner is a person. Their job is to help you understand your rights and to make sure those rights are respected. Their goal is for children and young people in Scotland to be as safe and happy as possible.

The current Commissioner is Tam Baillie. He looks after the rights of:

  • everyone in Scotland under 18
  • everyone in Scotland under 21 who has been looked after or in care.

Talk to us

You can contact the Commissioner and his team by email or call his office for free on 0800 019 1179. You might want to contact us if:

  • you would like more information about your rights
  • you feel that your rights or the rights of someone you know are not being respected
  • you would like us to give you advice, or to tell you about someone else who can give you advice.

What we do

We spend a lot of time listening to children and young people. This helps us protect your rights and make sure that people are aware of your rights.

There are three main things that we do for you:

We help you know your rights

We can help you know exactly what your rights are. We can also tell you what you can do if you think your rights are not being respected.

Find out about your rights.

Talk to us about your rights.

We help protect your rights

Your rights are protected under law. We make sure they will stay that way. Find out about how we protect your rights.

We help influence change

Governments and other groups sometimes make choices that can affect your rights. We make sure these groups know exactly what their choices might mean. Find out about how we influence change.

Find out more

The Commissioner has a team of people who work with him. They help him make sure you know about your rights and make sure your rights are protected. Find out about the team.

There has been a Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland since 2004. Find out about the history of the Commissioner.

We update people by email every month about the work of the Commissioner and his team. Subscribe to our e-newsletter.