Statement: Rights concerns around unaccompanied children in quarantine

In a statement to the BBC, Nick Hobbs, Head of Advice and Investigations for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, said: 

“It is legitimate for the Scottish Government to seek to protect rights to life and health by acting to restrict the opportunities for the virus to spread, however restrictions on other human rights, particularly for children, must be necessary, proportionate and time limited. Managed isolation engages a wide range of children’s rights, including the right to respect for private and family life, and to support when removed from the family environment as well as the right to liberty and freedom of movement. We have raised the issue with the Scottish Government and have been assured that they will actively consider providing an exemption to unaccompanied children in respect of managed quarantine.” 

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