The Year of Childhood 2021 consists of a portfolio of events, discussions, webinars and roundtables and we will make sure to share the learning and inspiring stories.

The overall aim is to help make children’s human rights a reality in Scotland.

We have developed two Conversation Series which seek to inspire further discussion on the more practical, more tangible aspects of the incorporation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. Each of these 30minutes conversations will be pre-recorded and shared via our YouTube channel.

Our Summer Series (May – July) will feature conversations between our Co-Directors and a variety of experts from different fields on the core values of rights-based relationships with children.

Our “In Conversation With…” (September – November) asks our speakers to reflect on the impact a rights-based approach has on their work; what they have learned, what obstacles have challenged them, and what opportunities they have found. Our calendar for this series will be shared shortly.

We will also be running a Sector Webinar Series, “Putting Theory into Practice” where we bring together sector professionals and children’s rights practitioners to discuss how we can draw connections between the two important fields of theory and practice. Our first Sector Webinar, in discussion with Community Learning Development can be found here.

Calendar of events


Upcoming Events

Love, with Dr Adam Burley  |  07/05/2021, 12pm
Dr Adam Burley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian, speaks with Colin Morrisson, Co-Director of Children’s Parliament about his understanding of the importance and impact of love in childhood.
Presented as part of our Summer Series

Kindness, with Ben Thurman    | 21/05/2021, 12pm
Ben Thurman (Carnegie UK) meets with Colin Morrison, Co-Director of Children’s Parliament to discuss the role of kindness as we develop rights-based relationships with children.
Presented as part of our Summer Series

“Children’s Rights and the Creative Arts Sector”
In partnership with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland     |    25/05/2021, 2pm
How can creative arts practitioners that work with children support the implementation of the UNCRC? 
We are delighted to host Virginia Radcliffe (Artistic Director/Chief Executive at Licketyspit), Rebekah Corbett (Community Arts Coordinator at PEEK Project) and Helen Mill (Executive Director at The Village Storytelling Centre) in a discussion facilitated by Dr Susan Elsley, an independent writer and policy analyst on children’s human rights, to share the importance of creative approaches when working with younger children — and the importance of using a rights-based approach to working with children in a creative setting.
Join us to find out more!

Presented as part of our Sector Webinar Series

Happiness, with Neil Thin      |    04/06/2021, 12pm
Neil Thin, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology (University of Edinburgh), speaks with Colin Morison, Co-Director of Children’s Parliament on the role of happiness in childhood.
Presented as part of our Summer Series

Trust, with Suzanne Zeedyk      |    18/06/2021, 12pm
Suzanne Zeedyk (University of Dundee), a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect, speaks with Cathy McCulloch, Co-Director of Children’s Parliament, to discuss the role trust has to play in a child’s development.
Presented as part of our Summer Series

Empathy, with DrAutumn Roesch-Marsh      |    02/07/2021, 12pm
Dr Autumn Roesch-Marsh, Lecturer in Social Work (University of Edinburgh) meets with Colin Morrison, Co-Director of Children’s Parliament to discuss the importance of empathy in the development of rights-based relationship.
Presented as part of our Summer Series


Previous events

“Putting Theory into Practice”
Community Learning Development      |    30/03/2021, 11am
Click here to visit our webpage of resources and recording from the event
Presented as part of our Sector Webinar Serie