Five cartoon children hold up a banner with the name of the book written in gaelic.

Coimhead air ar Còraichean (Let’s Explore Our Rights)

The book, beautifully illustrated by Corinna Campbell and available in both Gaelic and English, takes young children on a journey to discover rights such as having a safe home, the right to be healthy, to learn, and to play. An audio and video version of the book has been recorded by Mirabelle, a 10-year-old pupil from Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce P6. She mentioned that it was fun to read the book and appreciated that it is available in both Gaelic and English. Commissioner Nicola Killean emphasized that “Let’s Explore Our Rights” explains to very young children the importance of rights in a way they can understand.

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.

Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill

We submitted supplementary evidence to the Education, Children & Young People Committee in October 2023. This evidence supplements our previous written evidence to the Education, Children & Young People Committee

Cover of Annual Report 2022-2023. Pictures of young people and the Commissioner

Annual Report 2022-23

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.

Cartoon graphic of a blue shield

Children (Care and Justice)(Scotland) Bill

Stage 1 briefing Our office has issued a briefing to MSPs ahead of the Stage 1 debate on the above bill on 22 June 2023. We support the general principles

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). 

Children (Care & Justice) (Scotland) Bill

We submitted written evidence to the Education, Children and Young People Committee at Stage 1 of Parliament’s consideration of this bill.   Introduction This bill provides a key opportunity for

Five illustrated children holding up a banner that says Let's Explore our Rights'

Let’s explore our rights

Let’s Explore Our Rights” teaches young children about their human rights. The book which features iconic Scots landmarks is aimed at children aged up to five. It was beautifully illustrated by Corinna Campbell and takes readers on a journey to discover rights like having a safe home, being healthy, learning, and playing. The book will support early years practitioners to spark first conversations about human rights with very young children.

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