The manifesto asks politicians to recognise and respect children's rights, and promote Scotland's international obligations to ensure all children enjoy their childhood with freedom and dignity.
"As co-convenor of the Cross Party Group on Children & Young People I was delighted to sign up to support the Child Rights Manifesto in parliament.
"The manifesto does not present a range of policy asks but instead outlines a series of values which children have asked politicians to uphold and respect when preparing their policies.
"I often get invited to visit schools in my constituency to speak to young people about the work that I do. I am always keen to emphasise to them that they are my constituents as well, and that if they feel strongly about an issue they should write to me and I can see what I can do to help.
"Proud to sign up to be a #childrightschamp"
Juliet Harris, Director, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) commented, “The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is at the heart of our ambition to make Scotland the best place to grow up. The Convention underpins Scotland’s Getting it Right for Every Child approach to the provision of children’s services.
“Provisions in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 place specific duties on all Ministers to consider steps which can give better effect in Scotland to the UNCRC and to promote public awareness and understanding of children’s rights. These provisions take us further than any previous Scottish Government.”
The Manifesto is based on the views of children and young people, and its development has been led by Children in Scotland, Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) and YouthLink Scotland. It outlines the ways in which children and young people expect decision-makers to act in order for them to enjoy and experience their rights as outlined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
For more information on the Child Rights Manifesto visit: www.childreninscotland.org.uk