Skills and Knowledge Framework

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Principles of a children’s human rights approach in Scotland

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The Framework is structured around five principles of a children’s human rights approach.

These are: 

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Embedding: Putting children’s rights at the core of decision making, working practice, planning, reporting, and the delivery of services that affect children and young people. 

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Equality and non-discrimination: Ensuring that every child and young person has what they need so that they have equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. 

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Empowerment: Building the agency and capacity of children and young people as rights holders to claim their rights.

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Participation: Listening to children and young people and taking their views seriously, as guaranteed by Article 12 of the UNCRC. 

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Accountability: Accountability is at the core of human rights practice. It means the need for workers to be transparent about their decision making in a way that enables children and young people to influence, scrutinise and challenge decisions that affect them.

Explore the tabs to learn more about the principles:

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We appreciate workers may have questions about children’s rights or implementation that are not answered here. There is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions gathered from workers in Scotland with answers to help support understanding of the UNCRC and the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024. 

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