Bruce Adamson, in his final report before stepping down as Commissioner, expresses pride in the achievements of the past year and looks with positivity to future years for the office’s work with incoming Commissioner, Nicola Killean.
Every year we report to you about our work in different ways, and this year we made a mini report. Our report is from April 2021 until the end of March 2022, which begins just at the end of the second Covid-19 lockdown, when school buildings were back open. We know what a challenging year this was for all of you, and we continued to make sure that your views and experiences were are at the heart of our work. You will see the work of our Young Advisers throughout the report, and we are grateful that they continue to help us promote and protect children’s and young people’s rights.
This report marks 18 years since the first Commissioner, Professor Kathleen Marshall, began her work. The end of the office’s childhood is a challenging time with the pandemic still impacting children, war in Europe, a cost-of-living crisis, and attacks on human rights laws. We’ve maintained a strong focus on our organisational values – bravery, independence, leadership, participation, and respect.
Every year, we create a Report for the Scottish Parliament to tell the people of Scotland what we’ve done. And every year we write a version for children and young
October 2021. Our Annual Report for April 2020 to March 2021 focuses on the impact which Covid-19 had on children and young people. The report also looks at other areas
October 2020. Our Annual Report for April 2019 to March 2020 covers a year where progress was made on key issues for children’s human rights in Scotland, including UNCRC Incorporation, equal protection of children from assault and raising the minimum age of criminal responsibility.
Our 2017/18 Annual Report made with the advice of children from Loanhead After School Club (LASC) in Midlothian.
This audio clip explains what the 7 Golden Rules for Participation are.
Audio clip on the minimum age of criminal responsibility in Scotland.
An audio clip about our process reporting to the UN in Geneva.