Introducing Children’s Rights

The Scottish Government has produced a  ‘ten-minute training tool’ to help educate people about the rights children are entitled to under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

You can access the document in PDF format here 

You can access the document in PPT form by clicking here



UNCRC Symbols

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland have produced a simplified version of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child(UNCRC). It communicates the 42 articles of the UNCRC using symbols and easy to read language.

Download the symbols cards from the CYPCS website by clicking here.

As well as symbols cards, there is an infosheet and posters. 




Progressing the Human Rights of Children in Scotland: An Action Plan 2018-2021  

This document sets out the Scottish Government’s ambition to deliver the building blocks and the foundations that help children and young people to experience their rights.

Click here to access the document




Scottish Children’s Parliament


school-should-be-a-joyful-placeThe Scottish Government take their commitment to Children’s Rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) listening to children’s views seriously, as shown in the newly issued report from the Children’s Parliament “ School should be a joyful place” The report is filled with children’s views and ideas on school and colourful illustrations.  Hopefully our schools will aspire to take forward the ideas within the report.

Click here to view the report [pdf].






REACH have produced three short useful videos to help school pupils understand more about their rights to help pupils to access support and have a voice at school.

You can watch the videos on YouTube by clicking the links below: 

It’s not easy to talk

Your rights your say

How to make your voice heard at school

To find out more about REACH – why not visit their website:

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – A Guide for Children and Young People

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race, religion or abilities.

This PDF document is aimed at young people, and describes the Convention in easy to understand language.

Click here to download the report [pdf].



Children’s Right to Play

childrens-right-to-playThe Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is the fundamental basis for children’s rights in international law. If children are to enjoy all their human rights, it is vital that a broader understanding of the CRC is developed across the world.

This b0oklet explains the concepts behind Article 31 of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Children’s Right to Play.

Click here to download the booklet [pdf].






Common Core of Skills, Knowledge & Understanding and Values for the “Children’s Workforce” In Scotland

The Common Core describes the skills, knowledge and understanding, and values that everyone should have if they work with children, young people and their families, whether they are paid or unpaid. The skills, knowledge and understanding are described as “essential characteristics” and are set out in two contexts; relationships with children, young people and families and relationships between workers.

Click here to read the report.

IPA Rights of the Child Poster

The International Play Association (IPA) is an international non-governmental organization founded in 1961. They have produced a poster that seeks to teach children about Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The poster is written in language that makes it understandable to children. You can see the poster below:


You can download the poster as a PDF by clicking here. 

You can also download a Gaelic version of the poster by clicking here. 

Learn more about the International Play Association by visiting their website. 

Children’s Parliament Investigates…Kindness

Children’s human rights offer a basic standard for a life lived with dignity. When Children’s Parliament explored the realisation of rights day-to-day children talked about kindness. For children kindness means being friendly or fair to others. In the Imagining Aberdeen programme after many months of work exploring life at home, in school and in the community the messages from 300 children were distilled by them down to a list of 13 – and at no2 something very simple: Be kind to us. You can read about the project here: