Meet the Commissioner
The Children and Young People's Commissioner in Scotland is Bruce Adamson.
The Commissioner exists to be a fierce champion for the rights of all children and young people in Scotland. He promotes and protects your rights if you're under 18, or up to 21 if you're in care or have care experience.
He works to make sure the laws that affect your lives are fair. He challenges people in power to keep promises they've made to you that make sure you have all you need to grow up in an environment of happiness, love and understanding.
He helps you understand how valuable and important your rights are. That understanding means you can demand change when your rights - or the rights of others - are not being respected.
He makes sure adults in Scotland know more about your rights so that they see where they need to make changes.
He puts you at the heart of his work, and will listen and learn from you.
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.