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.

Recent work from August 2017 to February 2018 is listed below.

Parliamentary evidence and consultation responses

Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

February 2018. 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

February 2018. The Commissioner responds to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP around this consultation.

Universal Periodic Review: Opportunities for Parliamentary involvement

January 2018. 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.

Proposed period poverty consultation

November 2017. The Commissioner responds to a consultation on a proposed bill to end period poverty.

Extending Children’s Rights Consultation

November 2017. A letter to John Swinney MSP responding to a consultation on extending children's rights.

Proposed Draft Police Act 1997/Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial Order 2018

November 2017. The Commissioner’s office responds to a consultation on a draft Remedial Order.

Extending Children’s Rights Consultation

November 2017. A letter to John Swinney MSP responding to a consultation on extending children's rights.

Prejudice-based bullying debate briefing

November 2017.

Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 briefing

November 2017.

Evidence and procedure review

October 2017. The Commissioner responds to this consultation.

Supporting Children's Learning Code of Practice

September 2017. A response to Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney MSP around the Code of Practice.

Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill

August 2017. The Commissioner responds to a call for evidence from the Education and Skills Committee.

Proposed Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill

August 2017. The Commissioner's office responds to John Finnie's consultation on this proposed Bill.

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.