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Welcome to Together’s e-newsletter on children’s rights.

We bring you the latest news and developments in children and young people’s human rights, from Scotland, the UK, Europe and across the world. This month, our e-newsletter includes news from our members, events, training opportunities, policy developments and more! Is there anything you’d like us to highlight for your organisation? Send your latest news and events to Katie before the 24th September 2018 to make sure you’re included in the next edition. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@together_sacr) Facebook (@TogetherSACR) and Instagram (@together_sacr) to keep up with the latest news and feel free to forward this e-newsletter on to interested colleagues and networks.

Together’s News

Children’s Rights Consultation Conference – Register today!

On Wednesday 10th October, Together will be holding a Children’s Rights Consultation Conference to gather views on the Scottish Government’s consultation on the upcoming Children’s Rights Action Plan.  The conference will take place from 10am-4pm in Edinburgh and will give Together members an opportunity to have their views on the Action Plan taken into account by Scottish Government.
Register your interest for the conference here.

Together will also be publishing our response to the ‘Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland – An Action Plan’ consultation by 19th September to help inform member’s responses.

Introducing Together’s new website

We are delighted to share Together’s new website! Packed with information about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other UN and European Human Rights protections for children and young people, as well as the latest news, events and resources from our members, we hope this will be the #1 website for those looking for information about children and young people’s rights. Let us know what you think!

Read more here.

Together’s AGM 2018 – Welcome to our new Trustees

Thank you to all who attended Together’s AGM on the 4thSeptember and to those who stood for election. We are delighted to welcome five new trustees to the board – Rozanne Chorlton, Helen Sykes, Maria Galli, Mary Glasgow and Louise Hill. Susan Elsley has been elected to be Together’s new chair and Maria Galli will take up the role of vice-chair. Congratulations to our new trustees – we look forward to working with you!

Together responds to questions on Brexit and Family Law
Together has responded to questions posed by the Scottish Government on Brexit and cross-border family law. The response draws from our October 2017 report which considered the issue in detail.

Find out more and read the full response here.

Evidence call for written submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Philip Alston, is conducting an official visit to the UK from 5th to the 16th November.  Together will be submitting written evidence to the Special Rapporteur prior to his visit to ensure the views and experience of children living in poverty in Scotland are highlighted to him and his team.

If you have any evidence on child poverty in Scotland that you wish to share with us for inclusion in the submission, please email

News and Publications


First Minister announces commitment to incorporate UNCRC principles into domestic law

The First Minister has announced a commitment to incorporate the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic law as part of the Programme for Government 2018/19 launched on the 4th September 2018.

Find out more here.

John Finnie MSP introduces Member’s Bill to give children equal protection from assault

On Friday 6th September 2018, John Finnie, MSP, announced the publication of the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill in Scottish Parliament. If passed, the Children (Equal Protection from Assault) (Scotland) Bill will see Scotland join more than 50 other countries around the world in ensuring that children are protected from physical punishment.

Read the full article here.

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill – evidence presented to Scottish Parliament Equalities & Human Rights Committee

On Thursday 6th September 2018, Scottish Parliament Equalities & Human Rights Committee received oral evidence on the Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill.

Read more here.

Applications open for Children’s Hearing System’s children and young people’s board

By Our Hearings, Our Voices
Our Hearings, Our Voice (OHOV) has opened applications for their new board which aims to bring together children and young people interested in influencing and shaping the Children’s Hearings System in Scotland. Applications will close at 12pm on Monday the 1st of October 2018.

Find out more and how to apply here.


Denying widow’s allowance to unmarried mother ruled discriminatory

An unmarried mother has won a landmark case in the UK Supreme Court. The judges ruled that denying her access to a widowed parent’s allowance was discriminatory and breached her and her children’s human rights.

Read our full article here.

New children and young people’s panel meet to discuss Brexit negotiations

By Children in Scotland
New Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe met for the first time on Saturday 18th August to learn more about their rights as children and young people and what their role as advisors on the Brexit negotiations to the government will entail.

Find out more about the project here.


Countdown to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s Day of General Discussion 2018

Children and young people from Children’s Parliament, Scottish Youth Parliament and Who Cares? Scotland are preparing to travel to Geneva to take part in the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child’s bi-annual Day of General Discussion (DGD). This year, the theme of the DGD is ‘Children as Human Rights Defenders’ and it will take place on the 28th September 2018 at the UN Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Read more here.

UNCRC concludes that Denmark’s decision to deport child at risk from FGM is a violation of child’s human rights 
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has concluded that Denmark’s decision to deport a child at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM) is a violation of the child’s human rights.

Read more here.

2020 Annual Day and Resolution on the Rights of the Child: Feedback on Proposed Theme

OHCHR has developed a draft proposal for the 2020 Annual Day and Resolution on the Rights of the Child on the theme of ‘Children rights through a healthy environment’. Child Rights Connect is welcoming feedback on this proposal as well as alternative theme suggestions. If you would like to share your ideas, please contact Emma at


2019 Annual Resolution on the Rights of the Child

By Child Rights Connect
Closing Date: 14th September 2018
Child Rights Connect has launched a call for inputs to the draft of the 2019 Annual Resolution on the Rights of the Child on “empowerment of children with disabilities for the enjoyment of their rights, including through inclusive education”.

Find out more here.

A Culture Strategy for Scotland

By Scottish Government
Closing date: 19th September 2018
Views are being sought on Scottish Government’s draft Culture Strategy which has been developed following consultation with individuals, artists, communities and organisations.

Find out more about the draft Strategy here.

The ‘Europe Kids Want’ survey

By Eurochild
Closing date: 21st September 2018
This online survey is designed to capture the views of children and young people on the future of Europe and proves an opportunity for children to have their voices heard by the leaders of the European Union.

Read more about this here.

Progressing Children’s Rights in Scotland: An Action Plan 2018-2021

By Scottish Government
Closing date: 26th September 2018
Scottish Government is seeking views on their children’s rights Action Plan, which will set out how they plan to take forward children’s rights over the next three years.

Find out more here.

Review of Part 1 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995

By Scottish Government
Closing date:  28th September 2018
Views are being sought to inform the review of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 which will seek to place children and young people at the centre of family court cases.

Find out more here.

Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders:  Call for Inputs on Report on Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders

By Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders
Closing Date: 28th September
The Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders has launched a questionnaire to gather views on the Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders.

Find out more here.

Enhanced oversight of biometric data for justice and community safety purposes

By Scottish Government
Closing date:  1st October 2018
Scottish Government has published this consultation in order to seek views on the establishment of a Commissioner to provide independent oversight of biometric data and a proposed Statutory Code of Practice covering biometric data and technologies.

Find out more here.

Review of Section 12 of the Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937

By Scottish Government
Closing date: 14th November 2018
Scottish Government is seeking views on potential changes to the criminal offence of cruelty to children and what constitutes child abuse and neglect.

Read more about this here.


New Publication – Affordability of the UK’s Eatwell Guide

By Food Foundation
The Food Foundation have published their latest report which aims to assess how affordable the Eatwell guide is for low-income households.

Read more here.

New Publication – Cost of the School Day Toolkit

By Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
Alongside their recent film launched in partnership with NHS Health Scotland, Child Poverty Action Group have published a toolkit which aims to support schools in addressing financial barriers to participation and learning.

Read more.

Campaign Toolkit – 19 Days of Activism for Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth

By Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF)
Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) have launched their 2018 Prevention Kit ahead of their forthcoming “19 Days of Activism for Prevention of Violence Against Children and Youth” which will take place from the 1-19 November 2018.

Read more here.


Have your say about the future of human rights in Scotland

by First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership
Date: Various
Location: Dundee, Glasgow, Inverness
Time: Various
Cost: Free
The First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership is holding a series of discussion events across Scotland in order to hear views and feedback on their developing recommendations.

Read more about this here.

CPAG Training courses

By Child Poverty Action Group 
Date: 2018/2019
Location: Across Scotland
Time: Various
Cost: Varies
The Child Poverty Action Group is holding a series of training events on a wide range of topics including session on the welfare system and its impact on children, young people and families.

Find out more here.

Conference to Mark 50 Years of the Children’s Hearings System

By Edinburgh Centre for Private Law
Date: 25th October 2018
Location: Playfair Library, Edinburgh
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Cost: £50
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Children’s Hearings, the Edinburgh Centre for Private Law is hosting a one-day conference that aims to celebrate, scrutinise and discuss the future of the Children’s Hearings System.

Find out more here.

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