Scottish Parliament passes Bill to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into Scottish law

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Scotland becomes the first devolved nation in the world to directly incorporate the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into domestic law. 

Contact welcomes this historic step, which places duties across a range of different areas – including schools, hospitals, policing and transport – to protect and uphold the rights set out in the Convention.  

In the most serious of cases in which children’s UNCRC rights are breached, children will be able to complain to the courts. This move comes after years of campaigning by children, young people, charities and wider society.  

The passing of this legislation means that the Scottish Government, public authorities and those providing services for children and families must do everything possible to embed children’s rights into everything they do. 

For further details on the bill visit Scottish Parliament UNCRC (Incorporation Scotland) Bill