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Scotland set to prioritise children’s rights

Scotland could become the first UK nation to directly incorporate UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) directly into law. Stage three of the bill reading takes place today (16.03.2021).

If passed, children’s rights will be at the heart of Scottish decision-making when new laws and policies are created.

Politicians will be held to account on important matters such as poverty and inequality, must consider international law each time.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “Scotland stands on the cusp of a revolution in children’s rights. This legislation will transform how we listen to children and take their rights into account. It will put children’s voices at the heart of decision-making that affects their lives and it will require public authorities to comply with children’s rights.”

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