The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is the internationally mandated children’s rights framework that informs our strategies and programmes. 

Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 embeds UNCRC rights in Scottish legislation and places children’s rights duties on Scottish Ministers and public authorities. How does the UNCRC work?

UNCRC LogoThere are four general principles of the UNCRC:

  • apply rights without discrimination (Article 2)
  • the best interests of the child to be a primary consideration (Article 3)
  • the right to life, survival and development (Article 6)
  • the right to express a view and have that view taken into account (Article 12).

Children’s rights are inextricably linked with the rights of parents and carers, whose important role in children’s lives is recognised throughout. At Adoption UK Scotland we ensure that children’s rights are embedded in our practice, and particularly in our safeguarding policy. We strive to ensure that children’s voices are heard through the work that we do to represent adoptive families.

We are always keen to hear feedback and suggestions to improve our practice – so please let us know if you have any thoughts to share.