Incorporation of UNCRC into Scots law imminent
The stage three debate on a bill to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) directly into Scots law will take place today.
If passed, the UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill will mean public authorities will be bound by law to uphold the rights of children and young people under the age of 18 and children, young people and their representatives will be able to go to court to enforce their rights.
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.
“I am proud that Scotland stands to be the first nation in the UK to fully and directly incorporate the UNCRC into domestic law, to the maximum extent possible within the powers of the Scottish Parliament.”