Rights

The Commissioner's office has worked on several publications that focus specifically on the rights of children and young people. Publications of this nature are listed below.

Rights publications

Report of the UK Children’s Commissioners to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

UK Children's Commissioners, July 2015. This joint report from the UK's Commissioners looks at whether the UK Government is doing everything it should to uphold the rights of children and young people.

Read the Report of the UK Children’s Commissioners to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

See an infographic for young people that summarises the report.

Submission to the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee on Petition PE1319— Improving youth football in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, May 2015.This submission to the Public Petitions Committee consists of:

  • a child rights impact assessment on the registration process for youth football in Scotland from a rights perspective
  • a research report exploring the views of young players.

Read the submission.

See an infographic about young people's views on youth football in Scotland.

Children’s right to play, culture and arts: a review of article 31 in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, International Play Association and Theresa Casey, March 2014. This 16-page review explains the importance of Article 31 of the UNCRC – the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, music and drama.

Download a PDF of Children’s right to play, culture and arts: a review of article 31 in Scotland.

UK Commissioners' midterm report to the UK State Party on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UK Children's Commissioners, November 2011. This is the midterm report on the UNCRC from the four UK Children’s Commissioners to the UK Government and devolved administrations.

Download a PDF of the UK Commissioners' midterm report to the UK State Party on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Single outcome agreements for Scottish Local Government, 2009-2010: a thematic analysis by the Children’s Voluntary Sector Policy Officers’ Network

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, January 2010. This report looks at the extent to which children's issues have been addressed and prioritised in Single Outcome Agreements for 2009-10.

Download a PDF of Single outcome agreements for Scottish Local Government, 2009-2010: a thematic analysis by the Children’s Voluntary Sector Policy Officers’ Network.

UK Children's Commissioners' report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The UK Children's Commissioners, June 2008. In this report the Children's Commissioners note that not only do some of the Concluding Observations of 2002 still lack any effective implementation, but that some things have actually got worse.

Recommendations of what should be done to improve the rights of children and young people in the four UK home nations are dispersed throughout the report.

Download a PDF of the UK Children's Commissioners' report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Adult attitudes to contact with children and young people

Rocket Science, October 2007. Research report into the attitudes of adults towards contact with children and young people; investigating what considerations influence adults' decisions to have contact, work or volunteer with them.

Download a PDF of Adult attitudes to contact with children and young people.