Class 2: How we deliver our functions and services

Information about our work, our strategy and policies for delivering functions and services and information for our service users.

The information we publish under this class

Workplans and Annual Reports

Annual accounts and reports

The Commissioner must produce accounts for each financial year as well as a report every year on how he has been doing his work.

Strategic plan

The Commissioner has a Strategic Plan for the years 2016-2020. This describes out how he will perform his work during this time. The Commissioner must make a strategic plan every 4 years.

Operational plan

Not currently available on the website: please contact us for a hard copy.

Review of law, policy and practice of children's rights

Child rights monitoring

Information on how the Commissioner's office monitors human rights treaties and how they are put into practice.

Children's rights impact assessment

Information about the Commissioner's model for carrying out a children's rights impact assessment.

Consultation responses & evidence to Parliament

Responses to consultations and evidence to Parliament on laws, policies and decisions showing how the Commissioner thinks they will affect children and young people's rights.

Policy briefings

Summarised information on different children's rights issues.


All publications by the Commissioner's office arranged by topic.


Find out about research that the Commissioner's office is working on.

Promoting awareness and understanding of children's rights

7 Golden rules for participation

Find out more about the seven golden rules developed to help anyone working with - and for - children and young people.

ENYA: participating across Europe

The European Network of Young Advisers was created to allow young people to have a say on children's rights issues discussed at the annual ENOC conference. ENOC is the European wide network of Children's Commissioners.

Participation Statement

Sets out why we believe it is important that children and young people are able to contribute to and participate fully in decisions affecting them.

Past work

Access participation resources used in past work.

Rights resources

Information to help children and young people learn more about the UNCRC and find out what the Commissioner does and how he can help them.


We have produced the UNCRC in several formats to increase knowledge and understanding of children's human rights.

Promotion of sustainable growth

At the end of each financial year we publish a statement of the steps we have taken to promote and increase sustainable growth through the exercise of our functions.

‘Sustainable’ has become a popular word that can mean different things to different people. Some people use it to describe the environmental viability of something, whilst others use it in an economic sense, describing a business or the economy of a country as profitable and growing.

This statement sets out some examples of the steps that we took during 2016 - 2017 to fulfil our general function of promoting and safeguarding the rights of children and young people. These steps illustrate the manner and extent to which our work helped to either promote and increase sustainable growth or tackle the barriers to sustainable growth in Scotland.

A significant amount of the work that we do can be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by the international community in 2015 to set a global agenda for development that is both equitable and sustainable, in social, economic, and environmental terms.

Promote awareness and understanding of children's rights

We created a UNCRC symbols resource in partnership with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Children’s Commissioner for England. The symbols are a simplified version of 42 articles of the UNCRC. They are designed to be used as a communication tool for children and young people who are non-verbal, have speech, language or additional support needs to help communicate ideas and information about children’s rights. The symbols (along with all our resources) are available to download from our website.

We worked in partnership to develop ‘Under the Same Sky’, a toolkit to enable children to explore and re-imagine their local environments by thinking about current challenges, problems, ideas and solutions. The toolkit will be refined as a general resource to support the views of children on their rights and the environment. 

Review of law, policy and practice of children's rights

In 2016 the UK and devolved governments were examined by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on their progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. As part of this process we submitted several reports to the Committee in partnership with the other UK Children’s Commissioners’ offices. We made sure that key issues in Scotland were highlighted and pushed for Scotland-specific Concluding Observations

We organised the Scottish part of the mission of the Special Rapporteur on Toxics to the UK. The Rapporteur met with civil society and the Scottish Government to discuss the impact of air pollution on children.

Promote best practice by service providers

We convened a Corporate Parents Collaboration Group to facilitate discussion and exchange of practice between corporate parents, identifying areas for joint working.

Promote and commission research on matters relating to the rights of children and young people

We undertook a small-scale piece of research to find out what children think about food insecurity. The findings were fed into our submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and as a result the Committee on the Rights of the Child, through its Concluding Observations, raised concerns about the lack of child food insecurity. 

Involve children and young people in our work

We ran a young bloggers pilot project, giving children and young people more control over the digital content we create. The pilot has given us lots of ideas around how we might continue to give children and young people more direct control over the way we communicate.