Project Details


The project will develop a ‘theory of change’ that will identify potential risks, opportunities and have accompanying monitoring and evaluation. Developed and trialled by the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships and Sarah Morton, and used by Kay Tisdall and colleagues in other projects, the ‘Matter of Focus’ approach1 provides a systematic and useful form of contribution analysis to consider a complex context with multiple contributors.

The founding members of the Observatory are deeply embedded in the policy and practice networks and the Government has continued to commit itself to children’s human rights legislative and policy development, seeing its necessity to be integral to the COVID-19 response and prioritising the Bill and its implementation. We are thus able to make the connections with policy makers and practitioners, even though we have the crisis of the pandemic: for example, we have already submitted evidence to the Equalities and Human Rights Committee of the Scottish Parliament and have been asked to give oral evidence; Observatory members linked up with the Canadian Children’s Rights Coalition for a seminar on Scottish developments on the 15 October. Thus the project should be well placed to take forward this project, at such an historical opportunity over the next year.

Layman's description

Scotland is a global leader in children’s human rights, with the Scottish Government committed to their implementation. In September, the Government introduced a bill to incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots law and the children’s rights sector is instituting the ‘Year of Childhood’ in 2021 to maximise its implementation. This historic moment presents an opportunity to maximise research findings in collaboration with leading children’s rights organisations. The project builds on the success of the Observatory of Children’s Human Rights Scotland since its 2020 launch, by sharing with law and policy-makers the practical lessons developed through the extensive children’s rights law and policy research conducted at Edinburgh University.
Effective start/end date1/02/2130/11/22


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