Meet the Commissioner
The Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland is Bruce Adamson.
The Commissioner's job is to help you understand your rights and to make sure those rights are respected. His goal is to make sure all children and young people in Scotland are as safe and happy as possible.
Bruce works towards this goal by:
- listening to children and young people like you,
- asking people in power – like Members of the Scottish Parliament – to think about how new laws might affect you,
- helping you learn more about your rights, and
- speaking out if children and young people are not getting a fair deal.
Find out more about the Commissioner's role and responsibilities.
Before becoming the Commissioner in May 2017, Bruce worked as a lawyer. In this role, he built up over 20 years of experience working on children’s rights issues. Bruce has also:
- worked as a human rights expert for the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in countries including Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey, Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Croatia,
- been a Member of the Children’s Panel for 13 years,
- been a United Nations Representative for the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, and
- been Chair of the Scottish Child Law Centre.
Contact the team
As the Commissioner's team, we can talk to you about any concerns you have about your rights or the rights of a child or young person you know.
Talk to the Commissioner's team.
Bruce's photo on this page is © Jassy Earl.