The Year of Childhood 2021 consists of a portfolio of events, discussions, webinars and roundtables, exploring childhood through the lens of children’s human rights, creating opportunities to share rights-based practice. It is rights-based practice that will drive Scotland to be a nation that ensures children grow up in a world of love, happiness and understanding. We want to 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

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

Happiness, with Neil Thin    | 4/06/2021, 12pm
In this conversation, Neil Thin, a recognised expert in happiness, speaks with Colin Morison, Co-Director of Children’s Parliament on the role of happiness 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

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

“Children’s Rights and the Creative Arts Sector”
In partnership with Youth Theatre Arts Scotland     |    25/05/2021, 2pm
Click here to visit our webpage of resources and a recording of the event
Presented as part of our Sector Webinar Series

“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 Series