What's the biggest child rights issue in Scotland? Tell us to mark #CRC30

21 August 2019

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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) sets out rights which every child and young person’s entitled to. This year, it’s turning 30 years old.

People across the world are celebrating this anniversary, but we’ve something else to be excited about in Scotland. The First Minister has committed to getting the UNCRC into Scots law, which means there will be more ways to take action when children’s rights aren’t being respected.

That’s urgently needed, because there are serious human rights issues facing Scotland’s children and young people today. And we’d like to hear from you about what those issues are by asking the following question: What do you think is the biggest children’s rights issue in Scotland today, and why?

We’d like you to tell us your view in 500 words or less. You might want to think about these things:

  • how does the issue link to one or more of the rights in the UNCRC?
  • what’s changed around this issue in the last 30 years?
  • what would you like to happen in Scotland so that this issue is tackled?

If you're under 18 - or under 21 and care-experienced – you can find out how to take part below. We'll choose some of the responses to publish in celebration of the 30th anniversary.

This is only one of the ways children and young people will be able to take part in our celebrations: we'll also be looking for artwork and shorter pieces of writing in the coming weeks.

Taking part in BSL

If you use BSL you can take part by sending us a video, which should be no longer than 5 minutes. If you require any other reasonable adjustments please let us know.


TAKE PART BY: Monday 30 September, 5PM

MAXIMUM LENGTH: 500 words or 5 minutes of BSL

WHO CAN TAKE PART? Children and young people aged up to 18, or up to 21 if care experienced

Pieces of writing must be submitted alongside a completed submission form to [email protected].

Download the submission form.

Make sure people couldn’t use your piece of writing to work out who you are— for example, it shouldn’t include your full name or address.


You can contact our office on [email protected] with any questions you might have.

Legal information

Submission of a piece of writing constitutes permission to publish it in whole or by extract on the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland website and any other medium.

Participants agree that their personal data will be held and processed securely by the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland to the extent necessary for the proper conduct of the project and will be deleted afterwards.