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01 Feb 2021

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Scottish Social Services Council 2020-2023 Children’s Rights Report published today

Today, the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) publishes its first Children’s Rights Report showing our commitment to making sure the children of Scotland can rely on social services being provided by a skilled, trusted and confident workforce.

Our Children’s Rights Report looks at the work we have done in relation to children’s rights over the last three years. The report shows the work we do touches on many aspects of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and highlights the importance of a regulated social care workforce to make sure Scotland can keep The Promise.

We developed our Children’s Rights report with feedback and support from our Council, managers and staff, and through consultation with external stakeholders with an interest in children’s rights in Scotland.

Our activities

Our Children’s Rights report sets out the activities we will carry out over the next three years. These include:

  • revise the SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers
  • introduce analysis of common factors driving higher referral rates in residential childcare
  • explore how we can provide further support for children and young adults, in particular care experienced children and young adults involved in a fitness to practise case
  • develop training to help deal with vulnerable witnesses and taking statements or evidence from people who have experienced trauma for all relevant staff
  • work to maintain our Investors in Young People award by supporting and developing young employees and keeping our Youth Employment Strategy and Corporate Parenting Plan up to date
  • supporting the Carers Managers Network to establish the needs of their workforce and to take a person-centred approach to developing Young Carer Statements to meet these.

SSSC Chief Executive, Lorraine Gray said:

‘Our Children’s Rights Report shows our commitment to making sure the children of Scotland have opportunities to flourish and that consideration for the rights of children influences everything we do.

‘We recognise that putting the UNCRC rights into practice is something that requires continued effort on our part, and on the part of all public bodies in Scotland and this report commits to future actions with clear goals and timelines for their achievement.’

UNCRC and The Promise

The UNCRC is an international human rights treaty that focuses exclusively on children. The UNCRC is the most widely adopted human rights treaty in history.

The Promise is the report by the Independent Care Review which sets out the compelling and profound need to transform the care system for children and young people in Scotland. The review highlights our collective role in a vision where we grow up ‘loved, safe and respected so that we realise our full potential’.

Download our Children’s Rights Report on our website

Contact information

Nichola Stark
Digital Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Scottish Social Services Council