Children and young people's rights

Includem is committed to respecting and supporting the rights of the children and young people we support. The principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child underpin what we do, and we always look to ensure that young people know, understand and are supported to exercise their rights.

All staff induction and ongoing learning and development at Includem incorporates training on children’s rights, involving work exploring the concepts of rights, the content and structure of the UNCRC, and how these translate into policy and practice, ensuring that staff are in a position to pass this information on to both the young people and the families they work with.

Includem is also a proud member of Together – the Scottish alliance for children’s rights.

The UNCRC is an international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child up to the age of 18 years old, regardless of their race, religion or abilities. It currently consists of 54 articles that set out children’s rights and how governments should work together to make them available to all children.

It takes into account the needs and vulnerabilities of children, as well as their potential, and includes a wide range of rights, ranging from the right to play to the right to be listened to and their right to have a role in decision making, that are available to all children without discrimination on grounds such as disability, sex, ethnicity, age, religion of sexual orientation.

You can find out more information about the UNCRC and its impact on policy and practice from the UNICEF UNCRC website.