rights

Is poverty in the UK a denial of people's human rights? (summary report)

Being poor in the United Kingdom can mean being subjected to discrimination on the grounds of poverty. Both poverty and discrimination are contrary to the spirit and the terms of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Damian Killeen argues that the refusal of successive governments to incorporate the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights into UK law has compounded common social attitudes that denigrate people who experience poverty and that undermine popular support for policies to eradicate poverty.

The effects of discrimination on families in the fight to end child poverty

This report focuses on the discrimination experienced by families living in poverty in the UK ('povertyism'), examining the barriers preventing them from enjoying equal access to fundamental economic and social rights. Current thinking, in the national and international poverty debate, is that the question of rights, and their absence, is linked to poverty. Povertyism perpetuates a lack of knowledge and understanding about the lives of people experiencing poverty. The resulting policy approach leads to a denial of their basic human rights.

Poverty, inequality and human rights

This research examines how human rights have been used internationally to shape new conceptions of poverty and new approaches to combating it, and assesses the lessons for the UK. People working to tackle poverty in the UK are increasingly interested in using human rights in their work. This study looks at how this has been done in other countries, its impact on affected communities, debate, policy and government programmes, and its relevance for the UK.

Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003

This Act of Scottish Parliament is in twelve parts: protection of the public at large; victims' rights; sexual offences; prisoners; drugs courts; non-custodial punishments; children; evidential, jurisdictional and procedural matters; bribery and corruption; criminal records; local authority functions; and a miscellaneous part which includes sections on offences aggravated by religious prejudice, wildlife offences and anti-social behaviour strategies.

Kidscheck : how well is your group doing?

This guide is a simple audit tool that can be used by children and young people to help them assess the safeguarding activities of the organisations they use. Developed by a group of children and young people, Kidscheck is a companion publication to Stopcheck . It is designed to enable children and young people to assess how well their club or activity group is doing in keeping them safe and happy. Kidscheck can be used with a variety of age groups.

The Children's Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Rules 2002

These Rules permit legal representatives to attend Children's Hearings in certain circumstances. They also specify when the Children's Hearing may consider the appointment of a legal representative, and the circumstances in which an appointment may be made.

They authorise the Principal Reporter to make copies of the relevant documentation available to legal representatives and also specifies groups of persons from whom a legal representative may be appointed.

Rights within reach : developing effective legal advice outreach services for young people

Report highlighting the benefits that investment in legal services targeted at young people can bring. These include cutting the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training and reducing the likelihood of young people offending.

Children on care standard

There are sets of rules (called National Minimum Standards) which say how children should be looked after in each main sort of social care service for children. There are standards for the different sorts of places where children might live away from their first home. They are used by inspectors from Ofsted when they visit to check that children are being looked after properly. Children and parents can also look at them to see what should and shouldn’t be happening in places where children are being looked after.

Report of the Disability Working Group

Report of the Disability Working Group and Executive Response. The report of the Disability Working Group sets out their recommendations for the Scottish Executive, local authorities, employers, educators, community care providers etc. Recommendations in the report provide both an agenda for immediate action and a platform to build onto improve equality for disabled people in Scotland.

Voice of the Child Under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 : Giving Due Regard to Children's Views in All Matters that Affect Them : Volume 2

This feasibility study sought to examine how best to conceptualise and evaluate how decision-making in children’s lives takes due account of their views, with particular attention to processes related to Part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and the implications for compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).