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Seminar Three - The UNCRC in Policy
Mon 24 April 2017, 09:30 – 16:00 BST
Overview of the seminar series
This series of four one-day interdisciplinary and cross-sector seminars will seek to improve -- and address gaps -- in the implementation and monitoring of the UNCRC in Scotland. Each seminar will examine the UNCRC from the perspectives of law, practice, policy and next steps for implementation. The seminar series is being held in partnership between Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights), the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection (CCWP) at the University of Stirling. The series has been funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute (SUII).
All seminars will be held from 9:30 – 16:00 and will run as follows:
1. The UNCRC in Law: Friday 10th February 2017
2. The UNCRC in Practice: Monday 20th March 2017
3. The UNCRC in Policy: Monday 24th April 2017
4. The UNCRC Going Forwards: Thursday 1st June 2017
Context and aims
Since 2008, there have been significant and welcome legislative and policy developments in relation to children’s rights. This includes the Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014 Act which places the UNCRC on statute for the first time, albeit falling far short of the UN Committee’s recommendation of full incorporation into law.
The 2014 Act requires Scottish Ministers to give due consideration to ways in which the UNCRC can be better implemented in Scotland. Whilst this is a welcome step, it does not ‘ensure that the principles and provisions of the Convention are directly applicable and justiciable’. The 2014 Act leaves it to Ministerial discretion as to whether it is considered ‘appropriate’ to further the UNCRC. Reporting duties on public bodies and Ministers under Part 1 of the 2014 Act do provide a welcome and useful opportunity to mainstream children’s rights into decision-making, but fall short of requiring any action to implement the UNCRC.
Further steps can and should be taken to give legal effect to the UNCRC at both UK and devolved levels. Together’s 2016 State of Children’s Rights report evidenced that children’s lived experiences of their rights remain patchy and many UN Committee recommendations are still outstanding. This seminar series aims to explore how civil society and academia can work with government to ensure the full implementation of children’s rights across Scotland.
Seminar Three – the UNCRC in Policy
The third seminar will use learning from participants to explore how new policy developments – such as those relating to child rights impact assessments and planning in children’s services – can provide opportunities to further children’s rights and their participation in policy developments. The seminar aims to inform new models of UNCRC implementation that support public bodies to meet new obligations under the 2014 Act.
The seminar will be divided into three sessions and each will examine different policy developments regarding children and young people in Scotland.
The first session will explore children and young people's participation in policy development and will include input from Professor Laura Lundy, Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights at Queen’s University Belfast, and Together's Director Juliet Harris.
The second session will explore the experiences and impact of Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessments (CRWIA) through multiple perspectives, including from the office of the Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland who will discuss the CRWIA that was undertaken for the minimum age of criminal responsibility and experiences of using the CRWIA model within different Scottish Government departments such as Planning and Architecture.
The final session will look at the planning and implementation of Part 1 and Part 3 of the 2014 Act. This will include input from Dr Susan Elsley on local implementation of Parts 1 and 3, and Gayle Gorman, Director of Education and Children's Services at Aberdeen City Council will outline local authority plans for the reporting duties under the Act.
Key messages will be delivered by Professor Kay Tisdall from the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh.
Who should attend ‘The UNCRC in Policy’
The seminars are intended to be cross-cutting and multi-sectoral. They are targeted at all those working with and for children and young people, and are an opportunity for academics and children and young people to share their expertise with others.
Further information about the programme
Registration for each seminar will open as they progress.
Through SUII funding, we are able to provide the seminar series free of charge.
For any questions regarding this programme, please contact email@example.com or call 0131 337 9015.
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