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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

Children's rights

Children and young people have the same human rights as adults, and these are the same rights that protect everyone. Children and young people also have additional rights that recognise childhood is a special, protected time, in which children must be allowed to grow, learn, play, develop and flourish with dignity.

Our children’s rights reports outline progress on children’s rights by NES, as defined in Part 1 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and our duties as a public authority.

The protection of children is integral to the protection of their human rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international treaty and the first to bring all rights together - civil, political, economic, social, cultural and humanitarian. The UNCRC recognises that every child should grow up in a family with happiness, love and understanding and sets out obligations for the state to support children and their families.

We recognise our vital contribution through workforce education and training to promote and protect children’s rights. The reports include our progress aligned to the UNCRC clusters, recommended in the Guidance on Part 1 published in 2016 by Scottish Government.