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Illegal Migration Bill: House of Lords briefing

This briefing focuses on aspects of the UK’s Illegal Migration Bill which impact on areas of devolved competence, particularly its disapplication of existing Scottish public authority duties in Scotland owed to children in vulnerable circumstances (particularly unaccompanied children). 

Illegal Migration Bill – Report Stage Briefing for MPs

This briefing has been prepared to support MPs debating the Illegal Migration Bill in the House of Commons. The UK Government’s Illegal Migration Bill represents a direct assault on the

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Illegal Migration Bill – Briefing for MSPs

This briefing has been produced to support MSPs debating the UK Government’s Illegal Migration Bill on 25 April 2023 (Motion S6M-08680). We welcome the Scottish Government’s motion on the UK

UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill – Joint Briefing for MSPs

This briefing has been produced to support MSPs considering the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill. It covers the purpose and history of the Bill, its challenge in the UK Supreme Court, the next steps as set out in the Deputy First Minister’s statement of 24th May 2022, and addresses repeated attempts by MSPs to challenge the Scottish Government on delays in bringing an amended bill back for reconsideration. This briefing will help MSPs prepare for a debate on the motion UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill on 7 February 2023. We urge MSPs to come together in the same sense of unity which saw the Bill pass unanimously close to two years ago.

A rights-based approach is necessary to urgently address the impact of high energy prices

The European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC) expresses urgent concern regarding the impact of high energy prices on the realisation of children and young people’s rights. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent significant rises in the cost of living, exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, has deepened the financial and economic crises already being experienced in Europe.

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Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill

February 2022. We provided a briefing on this bill to two of the Committees considering it: the Education Children and Young People Committee and the Covid-19 Recovery Committee. This bill

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Second Briefing to Police Scotland Independent Advisory Group

July 2021. Our office’s second briefing to Police Scotland’s Independent Advisory Group on emergency coronavirus powers.

The briefing focuses on the impact of these powers on the human rights of children and young people in Scotland during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the pandemic has starkly highlighted ways in which Scots law is not compatible with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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