UNCRC Bill passes Stage 2

Smiling children inside a semicircle with the Scottish flag on it and sun rays behind, with the Scottish Parliament in the background.

The United Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill has passed stage 2— with a series of amendments made which strengthen the Bill.

We’re really pleased that the Equalities and Human Rights Committee at the Scottish Parliament have amended this Bill:

  • to strengthen requirements to communicate to with children in a way they can understand,
  • to improve children’s participation in decision making about remedies, and
  • by strengthening the interpretation of UNCRC by courts by adding reference to the work of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and other UN Human Rights Treaties.

We’re particularly delighted that the Committee has listened to the powerful arguments made about the importance of this Bill coming into force as soon as possible and put a commencement date of 6 months after royal assent on the face of the Bill!


Bills are proposed laws that are being examined by the Scottish Parliament.

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) discuss them to decide if they should become law.

The Scottish Parliament’s website has a clear explanation of how different kinds of Bill may become part of Scots law.

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