Five things we're proud of in our 2016/17 annual report

26 October 2017

A cartoon image of the Commissioner's logo.

Today we publish our 2016/17 annual report, which covers the last year of Tam Baillie's time as Commissioner.

The report covers our work to promote and safeguard human rights in Scotland for everyone under 18, or up to the age of 21 if they have ever been looked after or in care.

We did a lot of varied work over the last financial year, so the report covers a lot of ground. We've picked five particular highlights from across the office to share below.

Our annual report

Five highlights from the last financial year

‘Coping is difficult, but I feel proud’

In February 2017 we published Coping is difficult, but I feel proud, a report into the impact of caring responsibilities on the mental health and wellbeing of young carers in Scotland.

This research was the first in the UK to match young carers and their perceptions of their health and wellbeing against a comparable sample of other young people.

Power Up/Power Down

Throughout 2016/17 we worked with Scottish Women’s Aid on Power Up/Power Down.

This was a participative project with children and young people with direct experience of domestic abuse, supporting them to influence decision-makers to improve systems surrounding court ordered parental contact.

Assisting enquiries

In the 2016/17 financial year we assisted 308 enquiries on children’s rights issues from every local authority area in Scotland, the wider UK and abroad.

Young bloggers

From January 2017 we involved young people in our office’s communications with our young bloggers project. Through it articles written by young people for our site were picked up by others for publication and promotion.

Symbol resources

In November 2016 we released symbol supported resources to promote and explain the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

These were designed for work with children and young people who are non-verbal, have speech and language difficulties, and/or have additional support needs.

Going forward

With the new Commissioner Bruce Adamson coming into post in May 2017, we are currently working with groups of children and young people across Scotland to help inform a revision of our Strategic Plan. In this way, we’ll make sure we continue to have children and young people at the heart of all we do.