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United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

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About the UNCRC and Scotland

Children’s rights are set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UNCRC sets out what children and young people need to grow up healthy, happy and  safe and ensure their views are taken into account in decisions that affect them.  

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) (2) applies to everyone under the age of 18. Its aim is to ensure that children and young people grow up in a spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality and solidarity.

The UNCRC was drafted in 1989 and is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history. As of 2024, 196 countries have ratified it, including the United Kingdom on 16 December, 1991. The UNCRC has long been the foundation for legislative and policy development in Scotland. The goal is the full realisation of children’s rights for every child and young person in Scotland. Many public authority workers in Scotland will already be experienced in making decisions guided by legislation and policies that are grounded in the UNCRC, for example when applying the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 in decisions relating to child welfare and protection, or conducting Children’s Rights Impact Assessments. Whether it is made explicit or not, many internal policies and procedures relating to children and young people within public authorities, such as participation policies, are also founded on the principles of the UNCRC.

Training Plan Sections


  1. Foreword
  2. The UNCRC
  3. About the Framework and Training Plan
  4. Planning training
  5. Designing training
  6. Delivering training
  7. Embedding the learning
  8. Creating a positive learning environment
  9. Appendixes
  10. References

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