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Learning Disability, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill Consultation

We are aware that there are many barriers to formal diagnosis and many children face long waits for a formal assessment and diagnosis. Children can also experience changes of diagnosis. This reinforces the approach taken by the Equality Act 2010 and the Education (Additional Support for Learnings) (Scotland) Act 2004 (as amended) and counters the persistence of the medical model, which can be a barrier to realising children’s rights.

Scottish Government Consultation

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024: Statutory Guidance on Part 2 and 3 (section 18) This consultation was submitted via the Scottish Government’s

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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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Response to the Climate Change Adaptation Plan Consultation. 

Many children and young people are concerned about the current and potential future effects of climate change in Scotland and around the world. Children and young people are disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change. The proposed Adaptation Plan has the potential to mitigate this.

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Proposals for a Heat in Buildings Bill: Consultation response

Scotland has a legal target to reach ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions and changing the way we heat our homes and workplaces is an important part of that journey. How we heat our homes and workplaces should be considered through a children’s rights lens. This is our response to the consultation on the proposed Heat in Buildings Bill.

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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.

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Explorers: Rights Challenge Badge Resource Pack

The Rights Challenge Badge helps Explorers learn more about their human rights, and the rights of other young people. Explorers – who are aged between 14 and 18 – can do a range of activities to earn the badge. These include creating a communications project around human rights, campaigning for a change in their community, and learning and sharing information about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). 

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SPSO Child Friendly Complaints Principles

We responded to this consultation by the Scottish Public Sector Ombudsman. The proposed principles will form the basis for child friendly complaints processes in public sector organisations in Scotland. March

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