Lisa Wright

Everyone’s Children Project Development Worker

On 4th May we hosted an event for the outgoing Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Tam Baillie. It was a brilliant afternoon, where Tam reflected openly about his time in post, talked about the progress he feels has been made for children’s rights in Scotland and the barriers that children living in Scotland still face.

We had a wonderful turnout on the day (despite the sunny weather outside!) with a variety of Third Sector organisations there to listen to Tam chat about his experience as the Commissioner.

Some of the key points that Tam focused on were:

  • Children’s rights being central and not an ‘add on’ to our work
  • The importance of engaging with and involving children and young people
  • Child poverty and the attainment gap, and the need to focus on 0-2 year olds development
  • Disadvantages faced by children with disabilities and need for a shift in current deficiencies in Additional Support for Learning
  • Removing children from the courtroom process and looking to the Scandinavian Barnahus model
  • Equal protection for children through banning ‘justifiable assault’ or ‘smacking’
  • The protective frameworks for children provided by the European Union and how this may change

The event also allowed attendees to talk to Tam about current issues they feel are affecting children and young people in Glasgow at present.

To say thank you to Tam for the support he has given GCVS over the years, and for all the work he has done for children and young people in Scotland, we presented him with an Honorary Lifetime GCVS Membership!

When asked what he would do next, Tam responded: “I want to get up every day feeling excited” – so we here at GCVS hope this happens, Tam!