About the programme

Our aims for the programme:

  • To establish a culture of children’s human rights in Scotland through helping children to understand their human rights and realise their capacity as human rights defenders.
  • To create an enabling environment for children human rights defenders across Scotland and to encourage local, national and international duty bearers to listen to and act upon their calls for change.

What we’ll do:

  • Two Members of Children’s Parliament are participating in the international Children’s Advisory Team for Child Rights Connect, helping to design the UNCRC Day of General Discussion (DGD), September 2018.
  • Over 200 children across Scotland are being introduced to their rights as outlined in the UNCRC. These workshops have been designed and co-delivered by Members of Children’s Parliament supported by an adult staff team.
  • The evidence collected through the children’s workshops, will be represented through an art exhibition of giant shields. These will be exhibited internationally at the DGD; nationally at the Children’s Parliament National Sitting in November 2018 and a Scottish Parliament event in December 2018 and at a Cabinet meeting in February 2019; and locally at stakeholder events in East Lothian in October 2018.
  • Children’s Parliament and CYPCS will exchange experiences and practice on children as human rights defenders through a ‘toolkit’ and a report outlining the project approach and impact.
  • The learning from the programme will be used to encourage Scottish Government and local authorities (led by East Lothian) to recognise and support the role of children as child rights defenders within policy and practice.

Our intended outcomes:

  • Children across Scotland have increased knowledge of their human rights as outlined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Children across Scotland realise their capacity as human rights defenders as outlined in the UN Declaration of Human Rights Defenders and in line with the theme of the UN Day of General Discussion 2018.
  • Demonstrable impact of children as human rights defenders across Scotland at local, national and international levels.
  • Adults understand how to protect and empower children as human rights defenders.