More work needed to protect children’s rights in Scotland, SHRC tells UN

18 March 2015

The Scottish Human Rights Commission (SHRC) stressed that more work is needed to protect the human rights of children in Scotland in a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday 12 March.

The statement, which was endorsed by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People:

  • repeated the SHRC’s call for incorporation of the UNCRC
  • welcomed new duties on Scotland’s Ministers to promote awareness and understanding of children’s rights, but raised concern over a lack of funding
  • highlighted that austerity measures – particularly welfare reform and legal aid cuts – have had a disproportionate impact on children
  • called for public sector budgets and decision making to be focused on addressing human rights concerns such as the eradication of poverty and tackling inequalities.

Read the full statement on the SHRC’s website.