Our dream is that children grow up in a world of love, happiness and understanding. Our mission is to inspire greater awareness and understanding of the power of children’s human rights and to support implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) across Scotland.
To achieve our Mission, our goals are:
1. Drive place-based change: We work with partners in communities to demonstrate a children’s human rights approach supporting partners to effect sustainable change.
2. Help shape the future of Scotland: We support children to influence national legislation, policy and practice.
3. Grow public awareness: We drive cultural and behavioural change to create a nation that values children and delivers their human rights.
We work with children from their early years to 14 years. Whilst we ensure our work reflects the universal voice of all children in Scotland, our targeted programmes work with marginalised and seldom heard children.
Our delivery methods focus on the use of creative activities and artistic methods as they are a critical tool to achieving our mission with younger children.
Established in 1996, Children’s Parliament has grown to become Scotland’s centre of excellence for children’s participation and engagement. Through our rights-based, creative practice, we provide younger children from diverse backgrounds across Scotland with opportunities to share their experiences, thoughts, and feelings so that they can influence positive change in their lives at home, in school and in the community.
Our work supports the Scottish Government, local authorities and other public bodies to fulfill their legal obligations to promote and protect the human rights of everyone and fulfill their duty of care toward children. We support the private sector by demonstrating good practice in relation to working with and engaging children, and we support other charities that advocate on behalf of children by giving them access to the views of children on specific issues.
Our local and national work is increasingly recognised at international levels. Following our participation at the United Nations in Geneva in 2016 as part of the Day of General Discussion, Members of the Children’s Parliament have been invited back by the UN, this time children are participating in the planning and delivery of the 2018 United Nations Day of General Discussion: Children as Human Rights Defenders. Our local, national, and international work supports our organisational mission, to lead the development of a rights-based culture in Scotland and ensure that children’s voices are actively engaged in shaping our world.
To contact us about how we can support your work, use the form on our Contact Us page.
We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through a CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant