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.
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.
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.
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.
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.