NGO UNCRC Report 2015

LGBT Youth Scotland is pleased to support Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) who this month submitted a non-government report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on Scotland (UNCRC) regarding the UK implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Together is an alliance of Scottish charities, academics and professionals who have an interest in children’s rights.

LGBT Youth Scotland was able to contribute evidence from our work with young people and research published in our Education, Health, Safety and Community & Identity reports which investigate Life in Scotland for Young LGBT People.

Together ScotlandTogether’s report, Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child,  examines work on the UNCRC since 2008 and includes 109 recommendations of further action with will promote children and young people’s rights.

Key issues are addressed in the report including: the effect of austerity on vulnerable groups of children; social and economic inequalities which affect children’s access to health, education or adequate standards of living; and the far reaching implications of planned reforms including the repeal of the Human Rights Act.

The report also explores current UK laws which see children assigned the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Europe at eight years old and highlights that the protection of children from violence is not equal to that of adults.

A total of 66 non-government organisations were involved in producing the report which can be accessed on the Together website here.

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