Children’s Rights – In-house Training and Support
Policy Hub Scotland has teamed up with Tam Baillie, formerly Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (2009-2017), to offer a series of bespoke training opportunities to organisations committed to improving their approach to children’s rights.
We have designed a series of highly interactive ‘Children’s Rights’ training sessions that can be shaped to suit the learning and development needs of professionals working in schools and wider integrated children’s services. The training themes include –
- UNCRC: the basics
- UNCRC: Understanding and Delivering Children’s Participation
- Educational Attainment and Children’s rights
- Children’s rights and mental health and wellbeing in a school setting
- Children’s rights and mental health and wellbeing (general focus)
- Children’s rights and the early years
- Children’s rights and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
- Children’s right to rest, leisure, play and cultural activities
- Children’s rights reporting obligations
- Children’s rights and juvenile justice
Being mindful of the demands on everyone’s time, this training can be delivered in your school or your local Council/Health Board offices on a date that suits and can be tailored to the audience’s knowledge and practical experience in this area.
Each topic can be delivered in two main training formats –
- a three-hour, half-day masterclass (which can be tagged on to an existing in-service day or Authority-wide training day)
- a two-hour twilight session (usually held following a normal school day, from around 3.30 to 5.30)
We are also conscious of the various pressures on training budgets – should service providers (such as a Council and a Health Board or a cluster of schools) wish to pool together to purchase this training, they are welcome to do so. This can work particularly well for providers that have complimentary or overlapping remits; or for Councils/schools that operate in more rural or remote locations.
If you have any queries or would like more information, please contact Mark on 0131 344 4611 or drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Topics and Rates
Each of the Children’s Rights topics listed below can be covered in either a three-hour, half-day masterclass or a two-hour twilight session. Tam will use examples to illustrate his key points and it is expected that attendees will bring their own experience to the training. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from presentations, reflect on their own practice and discuss how this can be improved based on the information provided. Previous sessions have shown that participants know a lot more than they think they know – and they leave with the confidence to put their knowledge into practice.
> ‘UNCRC: the basics’
> ‘UNCRC: Understanding and Delivering Children’s Participation’
> ‘Educational Attainment and Children’s rights’
> ‘Children’s rights and mental health and wellbeing in a school setting’
> ‘Children’s rights and mental health and wellbeing (general focus)’
> ‘Children’s rights and the early years’
> ‘Children’s rights and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)’
> ‘Children’s right to rest, leisure, play and cultural activities’
> ‘Children’s rights reporting obligations’
> ‘Children’s rights and juvenile justice’
‘UNCRC: the basics’
‘UNCRC: Understanding and Delivering Children’s Participation’
‘Educational Attainment and Children’s Rights’
‘Children’s rights and mental health and wellbeing in a school setting’
‘Children’s rights and mental health and well-being’ (general focus)
‘Children’s rights and the early years’
‘Children’s rights and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)’
‘Children’s right to rest, leisure, play and cultural activities’
‘Children’s rights reporting obligations’
‘Children’s rights and juvenile justice’
Tam was Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People from May 2009 to May 2017. As Commissioner, Tam had a duty to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland through: raising awareness of children’s rights; involving children and young people in his work; and influencing law, policy and practice with children and young people.
Since demitting office, Tam has built up an extensive training portfolio focussed on developing a greater awareness and understanding of children’s rights within the workforce. Tam currently holds the following roles:
- Chair of the Shetland Public Protection Committee (Adult and Child)
- Chair of the Western Isles Child Protection Committee
- Board member of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration
- Advisory Group member of Moorehouse Residential School
- Board member of the International Play Association (World)
- Board member of the International Play Association (Scotland)
- Board member of Upstart (campaigning for kindergartens in education)
- Ambassador for the Cyrenians, Edinburgh
- Ambassador for the Licketyspit Children’s Theatre Company
Why Children’s Rights?
The UK signed up to The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 1991 and as a result we have international obligations to maximise the realisation of children’s rights in Scotland. These are responsibilities on government at all levels, organisations and anyone with an involvement in nurturing the development of children. The UNCRC is complemented by a series of General Comments which are published by the Committee to shed light on the expectations and interpretations of key aspects of the UNCRC. These are important guides for the realisation of children’s rights and useful in better implementation of the UNCRC.
UN scrutiny through the Committee on the Rights of the Child has an increasing impact on government policy which is required to respond to the report cards on performance that are periodically produced – these are known as Concluding Observations and the latest UK report was published in 2016.
The Scottish Government has taken a progressive approach to the implementation of the Concluding Observations and strengthening the legal framework in respect of children’s rights.
Who needs to know?
The UNCRC is relevant for the whole children’s workforce and the adult workforce where children are part of families. This includes –
- staff responsible for the delivery of services to children and families
- managers responsible for allocating resources for children and young people
- policy makers at all levels
- senior managers directing policy and resources.
The reach is extensive and there is a requirement for organisations to ensure staff are knowledgeable in what children’s rights mean and confident in how they incorporate them into their work.
A lot of positive work is already undertaken with children and young people, but this isn’t always seen through the prism of children’s rights. The performance of individuals and organisations can be strengthened through a greater awareness on where they are already doing well in respect of children’s rights, which can – in turn – shed light on where they can do better. This is where the partnership between Policy Hub Scotland and Tam Baillie comes in.