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State of Children's Rights ReportPAS recently contributed a case study to Together Scotland’s ‘State of Children’s Rights in Scotland 2014’ annual report. At the launch event on 20 November in Edinburgh, David McAllister from PAS and Lorna Sim from TAYplan gave a presentation on the experience of both organisations of proactively engaging children and young people to inform the next iteration of the TAYplan Strategic Development Plan.

The State of Children’s Rights report 2014 provides a non-government perspective on the extent to which children in Scotland are able to enjoy their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). It reflects on the past year since the publication of the State of Children’s Rights report 2013, discussing what progress has been made and where further efforts are needed.

Children’s participation in decision making must no longer be an optional extra but instead should be at right at the heart of policy and practice, from education and health through to justice, environment and planning. Perhaps of all the Articles in the UNCRC, Article 12 is the one that should remain forefront in the minds of policy makers and practitioners: You have the right to an opinion and for it to be listened to and taken seriously.” (Together Scotland)

Read the case study and full report through the links below: