We all need rights. Rights help ensure we survive, develop and receive protection and that we have the opportunity to be involved and included on matters that affect us.
Your rights apply to all young people under 18 (but also if you are under 21 and have ever been 'looked after' or in care). Your rights are protected under law by the United Nations Convention on The Rights of The Child(UNCRC) which means no-one can take your rights away from you.
SCCYP stands for Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (it's easier to say 'Skip'!).
Scotland's Commissioner is Tam Baillie - Tam's job is to look after your rights and the rights of every other young person in Scotland. He spends a lot of time listening to young people like you through the SCCYP website and in person, to help him safeguard and promote your rights.
There are two main things that Tam and his team can do for you:
Know your rights
We make sure you know exactly what your rights are and what you can do if you think they are not being respected. See SCCYP's Picture This - Your Rights in Pictures web page.
Protect your rights
Your rights are protected under law and we help them stay that way.
Tam and the team are here to listen and help you. We won't tell anyone - unless we think you are at harm - that's a promise.
- Email: You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Young Person's Freephone: Call for free on 0800 019 1179 (mobile networks charges may apply)
- Tel: 0131 558 3733, Fax: 0131 556 3378
- Address: 85 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
- SCCYP website
For support and help in making yourself heard, you can contact the organisations below:
- Forth Valley Advocacy
- People First
- Support for people with learning difficulties
- Who Cares Scotland
- Support for people in care
- Scottish Government
- Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP)