25 June 2024

The UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024 – What does it mean for Glasgow Life?

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From Tuesday 16 July, all children and young people in Scotland under the age of 18 have protected rights under The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Act 2024.

The Act is a landmark piece of legislation that incorporates the UNCRC into Scots law, empowers our children and young people to claim their rights and will help to make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up. The Scottish Government will be the first devolved government in the world to directly incorporate UNCRC.

This new legislation requires Glasgow Life and other Scottish public bodies to take proactive steps to ensure the protection of children’s rights across all services and decision-making processes.

What will this mean for you?

The new legislation covers all Glasgow Life services and decisions that have an impact on children and young people; whether directly or indirectly.

All Glasgow Life colleagues who work with or come into contact which children should familiarise themselves with the UNCRC articles and think about their current practice and any improvements or mitigations that should be put in place to protect children’s rights.

To learn more we have two resources you can review that cover everything you need to know:

  • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child GOLD e-learning course.
  • Complaint Handling – Child Friendly Complaints (Glasgow Life) GOLD e-learning course.

Once logged onto GOLD – https://app.tessello.co.uk/GOLD/login#/ – both courses can be found by clicking onto ‘Your ALEO or Service’, then clicking onto ‘Glasgow Life’.

This legislation does not affect our Safeguarding Policy and procedures which remain the same.

More information on these can be found here.