Actions and Detail Panel
Children’s Rights - Progress, Opportunities and Challenges
Thu 4 May 2017, 14:30 – 16:00 BST
Tam Baillie, The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland steps down next month after 8 years in post. In this briefing session, he will give a personal reflection on the progress that has been made and the challenges that lie ahead.
Tam Baillie is the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, taking up this post in 2009 after working as a manager and practitioner with children and young people for over 30 years.
The Commissioner has a duty to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland under the age of 18 (and those under 21 if they have ever been in the care of, or looked after by a local authority).
The Commissioner and his team do this by:
- Raising awareness of rights
- Involving children and young people in our work
- Considering law, policy and practice that concerns rights
- Communicating best practice about rights
Children’s rights are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which the UK Government signed up to in 1991.
This will be an interesting and thought-provoking talk. To celebrate Tam’s retirement from the post, we will also be serving afternoon tea.