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 Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

UN Special Rapporteur Professor Philip Alston visits the UK in November to see how extreme poverty gets in the way of people’s human rights being realised. As part of this he’ll be meeting people in extreme poverty in Scotland.

This is the evidence we gave to him ahead of his visit, about how poverty affects the human rights of our country’s children and young people.


Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and creation of a family justice modernisation strategy

The Commissioner responds to this Scottish Government consultation.


Protection of Vulnerable Groups and the Disclosure of Criminal Information

The Commissioner's office responds to this consultation on reforming the disclosure regime in Scotland.

Nutritional requirements for food and drink in schools

The Commissioner responds to proposed amendments to these requirements.


Age of Criminal Responsibility (Scotland) Bill: Evidence to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee

Evidence around the Bill that proposes to raise the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility from 8 to 12.

While our submission welcomes the move to raise the age, it argues the legislation doesn’t go far enough, and that the minimum age should rise to at least 16.

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.