Applying the CRC to policy and practice: The Scottish experience


Tuesday, 9th February, 2021

7.00pm-8.00pm AEDT

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Join us for the third in a series of webinars bringing together practitioners and academic experts to develop greater knowledge and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and its relevance to Australia’s children.

This webinar will look at how applying the CRC makes a difference in how governments, agencies and the law treat children. Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Children and Young People's Commissioner, and Megan Farr will share experiences and insights from applying the CRC to policies and laws affecting Scotland’s young people; a model which could inform practice here as Australia looks to implement the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

From increasing children's participation in decision making, reducing the number of children in prison, changes to the education system, or ensuring the "best interests of the child" guides all decision making, Scotland has undergone significant change by applying the CRC to laws and policies affecting children.

NOTE: At least half an hour will be allocated for questions and answers, and comments


Bruce Adamson, Commissioner, Children and Young People’s Commission, Scotland.

Megan Farr, Policy Officer, Children and Young People’s Commission, Scotland.


Dr Noam Peleg, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW, Book Review Editor, The International Journal of Children's Rights.

Associate Professor Faith Gordon, Deputy Associate Dean of Research, ANU College of Law, The Australian National University and Director of the International Youth Justice Network.

Who should attend

All welcome. The webinar will be of particular interest to:

  • NGOs
  • Federal, state and territory government officials interested in how to implement the CRC
  • Indigenous rights advocates
  • Children’s rights commissioners and staff
  • Social and children’s services providers and practitioners
  • Students and members of the public

Links and resources

Presentation by Megan Farr, Policy Officer, Children and Young People’s Commission, Scotland, at the 3rd CRC Webinar, in conjunction with Youth Law Australia and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.

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