Current work

The Policy team supports the Commissioner’s work to make sure children’s and young people’s rights are respected and their voices heard. They do this by looking at how policy is developed and implemented.

Members of the team sit on a number of committees in order to help develop policy. As well as this, they are actively involved in commissioning research, creating briefings, and submitting Parliamentary evidence and consultation responses.

Policy work from 2018 is collected below.

Recent policy work


Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child: Protecting and empowering children as human rights defenders

The Commissioner's written submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on children and young people as human rights defenders, ahead of the Committee's Day of Discussion on the issue in September 2018.


Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

The Commissioner responds to Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, on the review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

Empowering schools: A consultation on the provisions of the Education (Scotland) Bill

The Commissioner responds to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP around this consultation.


Universal Periodic Review: Opportunities for Parliamentary involvement

A paper for the Equalities & Human Rights Committee on how the Scottish Parliament can feed into the reporting process of the UN Universal Periodic Review.

Current research

Find out about research currently underway on our research page.

Contact the office

Contact Máire McCormack, Head of Policy to find out more about the work of the Policy Team.