Children will have an opportunity to tell a delegate from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child about their experiences of growing up in Scotland and about their rights. Ms Amal Aldoseri will visit Scotland on the 3rd of September to speak to children and young people and information she receives will build on a report produced by Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights, and submitted to the UNCRC in July.
The UNCRC was written into Scots law with the introduction of the Children and Young People Act in 2014.
Children and young people under the age of 18 can use the #TellTheUN hashtag on Twitter to relate their experiences of life in Scotland and can tell the UN what they think needs to change. Together will send a summary of these comments to the UN representative in advance of her visit.
The UN is conducting a review of how well the government is working for children and young people and looking at whether they are meeting their rights. The Together report was critical of the UK Government’s welfare reforms, which impact negatively on families with low incomes.
More information about the visit can be found on the Together website, which includes comments already made by children young people, one of which proposes a ban on the mosquito device, which they describe as a “violation”.