Hello and thanks for taking part in this survey to gather Care Experienced people's views on child and human rights!
Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world simply because we are human. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. They should never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example, if a person breaks the law.
Below is some information on the survey and how the views you share with us will help influence change.
This survey should take around 20 minutes to complete
and will be open until Monday 28th September.
Child and human rights are currently protected at an international level, in something called the ‘international human rights framework’. Many countries have signed up to treaties and conventions in this framework, which include the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
However, these international human rights often do not have direct legal power in domestic law. This means that although Scotland has signed (ratified) these treaties, we cannot currently use Scottish courts to challenge when rights are not protected or are under threat. We also do not have laws which make sure rights are being upheld pro-actively.
It’s an exciting time for rights in Scotland – the law is changing to help better protect your rights. Scotland is in a unique position to introduce legal protections of children’s rights in Scots Law and this process is called ‘incorporation’. One of the first things the Scottish Government has promised to do is incorporation of UNCRC into Scots law, before the end of the current Parliament in 2021.
Also, the Scottish Government set up The National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership (Taskforce) in 2019 to address the human rights and equality impacts of Brexit in Scotland. The purpose of the Taskforce is to work out how to better protect the rights of everyone in Scotland. They are currently working with the public to understand how this should happen.
Who Cares? Scotland will influence both opportunities but to do this, we want to understand what our Care Experienced members have to say on this issue. By deciding to contribute today, your views will help form our evidence base and will be used to influence the Scottish Government, the Taskforce and other relevant people.