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 2019 is collected below.

May

Briefing for MSPs on international standard for the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility

Briefing for MSPs before they consider Stage 3 of the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill. It reiterates 14 as the minimum acceptable international standard for the age of criminal responsibility.

March

Response to Scottish Government consultation: Protective orders for people at risk of domestic abuse

Our response makes clear why we support the use of temporary, short term protective orders as an appropriate and proportionate way of ensuring children are protected from the impact of domestic abuse.

January

Submission to the Committee on the Rights of the Child: Draft revised General Comment No. 10 on children's rights in juvenile justice

Comments on proposed revisions to the Committee's General Comment 10, including its recommendation that a minimum age of criminal responsibility of 14 should now be considered the absolute minimum standard.

Equalities and Human Rights Committee Call for Evidence: Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill

Our evidence around the Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill highlights recent proposals to revise a UN General Comment on juvenile justice and our concerns about the Bill as it currently stands.