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From the Scottish Government

Dear colleagues,

As you will be aware, the Deputy First Minister confirmed on 20 November 2019 that a Bill would be introduced in this Parliamentary session to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

The Scottish Government is committed to a revolution in children’s rights, and this Bill represents a significant step on the road to fully realising the rights of all children and young people in Scotland. By incorporating the UNCRC the Scottish Government will deliver a fundamental shift in the way children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled in Scotland, ensuring that children’s rights are built into the fabric of decision-making in Scotland and that these rights can be enforced in the courts.

Please find attached a letter from John Swinney MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, providing a more detailed update on the Bill. Further information about all of the measures provided for in the Bill can also be found on our UNCRC webpage here.

If you would like more information about what the Bill does or you would like to speak to the Bill Team you can get in touch by emailing

Many thanks,

UNCRC Incorporation Bill Team

Download letter from John Swinney