“Rights” are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
These are a range of outcomes drawn from Scottish legislation and policy alongside the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Not to be placed at a substantial disadvantage because or their disability (Equality Act)
- to have any additional support needs identified and met in order to access learning (Additional Support for Learning Act 2004 &2009)
- the development of their personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential (Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act)
- to be educated alongside their peers (Standards in Scotland’s Schools Act)
- to be a successful learner, confident individual, responsible citizen and an effective contributor and access as full a range as possible of the experiences and outcomes described within Curriculum for Excellence
- to be safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included (Getting Iy Right For Every Child (GIRFEC))
- to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to their age and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. (UN)
- to express their views and have them taken into account in decisions that effect them (UN)
- to live with their family (UN, right to a family life)
AND to be happy and live full lives.
Legislation and Scottish Government Publications
Ministerial Task Force on Health Inequalities Equally Well (2008) Web publication
The Scottish Government (2008) Equally Well Implementation Plan
The Scottish Government and COSLA (2008) The Early Years Framework
The Scottish Government (2010) Supporting children‘s learning: Code of Practice (Revised Edition) 2010 On line publication
The Scottish Government (2010) A Guide to Implementing ‗Getting it right for every child‘: Messages from the Pathfinders and Learning Partners
The Scottish Government (2010) The Practice Briefings 1 to 7 (Covers the Named Person, the Lead Professional, Using the National Practice Model and the contributions of the Children‘s Hearing System)
The Scottish Government and the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Reference Group in the Scottish Parliament (2011) The Scottish Strategy for Autism
The Scottish Government (2011) Report of the National Review of Services for Disabled Children Web publication
The Scottish Government (2011) Improving Children‘s Services: Update from the Scottish Government Web publication
The Scottish Government (2012) The Doran Review Report