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.

Recent policy work

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.