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Our British Sign Language (BSL) Plan 2024-30

British Sign Language (BSL) is the primary language for many children and young people in Scotland and it is crucial that children and young people are supported to access the language of their choice at any age. Our BSL Plan sets out actions we will take to promote and protect the rights of young BSL users, how we will involve them in our work, as well as promote the use of BSL and to improve access to information and services for BSL users.

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Our Plan 2024-28

Engaging the voices of children and young people is at the core of our mission for the next four years. Introducing ‘Your Rights, Our Plan,’ a comprehensive resource pack designed to empower adults in guiding children and young people through vital discussions about our work. Packed with videos, PowerPoints, and a survey, this resource facilitates conversations around six key questions, shaping the roadmap for Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland Nicola Killean’s Strategic Plan.

Cover of resource. Black cover with orange outline. Title of resource in blue text that says 'Placing Children in Hotel-Type Accomodation' with further orange text saying 'A Human Rights Analysis Report'. A quote from the report in white text saying 'Sometimes I feel like I am in prison'. The Children and Young People's Commissioner's logo in white text on top right corner of page

‘Sometimes I feel like I am in prison’: Placing Children in Hotel-Type Accommodation.

This report highlights the troubling use of hotel-type accommodations for children in asylum and homelessness systems, in conflict with established human rights principles. Such environments can pose severe risks and long-term harm to children’s well-being and rights. Unfortunately, the practice persists due to legal and systemic pressures. This report aims to aid decision-makers and frontline practitioners by providing a comprehensive human rights framework and evidence-based insights to reduce the reliance on such accommodations and mitigate their negative impact.

We also have a short report for children and young people.

Mental Health: Counselling in Schools

In response to the growing concern over the mental health of children and young people, a new group of Young Advisors in 2021 decided to focus their investigation on school counselling as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the crisis. The Mental Health Investigators identified a lack of crisis services and community-based interventions, and believed that school counselling could provide a useful picture of levels of need and delivery challenges. They were involved in leading every aspect of decision-making throughout the investigation, from planning to analysis and recommendations. The report they produced identifies both good practice and areas for improvement in the delivery of counselling services in schools across Scotland.

Front cover of Strategic Litigation Toolkit with white text on a green background. The Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland logo in the top right hand corner. Graphics of a megaphone making noise and a graphic of the scales of justice tipping down to the left

Children’s Rights Strategic Litigation Toolkit

We have developed this Strategic Litigation Toolkit to ensure that we use our powers in a way that is consistent with the Commissioner’s role to promote and safeguard children’s rights, and in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It will also make sure that we are accountable, transparent and that our decisions are clear and fair.

The toolkit explains the Commissioner’s powers, sets out how we involve children and young people in strategic litigation and the principles that underpin this work. We also share the set of tools we have developed. The tools help us decide which cases we can get involved in as well as provide reasons for those decisions.

Cover of report titled 'A Children's Rights Perspective: Repeal of the Human Rights Act' with the date November 2022 at the bottom. A graphic of the scales of justice and the children and young people's commissioner Scotland logo

A Children’s Rights Perspective: Repeal of the Human Rights Act

This report explains how the Human Rights Act and its provisions help to protect the rights of children in Scotland. It illustrates the impact the Human Rights Act, and the European Convention on Human Rights that it incorporates, has had on the development of children’s rights. It includes analysis of how UK Government proposals to reform the Human Rights Act would undermine children’s rights protections in Scotland.

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