The Annual Participation Programme

We have recently launched The Annual Participation Programme. This programme of opportunities will help Who Cares? Scotland plan ahead for participation activity throughout the coming year, and it will allow members to choose how they get involved. Whether this is as an individual, part of a local group, or taking part in national workshops.

The Programme Calendar will be refreshed annually and will present the preferred themes for participation across the year ahead.

Due to the impact of Covid-19, we have reduced the number of themes for the next year to just 3 important themes, allowing members time to really engage and share their views with us.

Themes 2020-21
1. Child and Human Rights: August – October
2. COVID-19 Recovery: October – December
3. Realising The Promise: December – February

Child & Human Rights – Our theme for August to October 2020

How to get involved

Why this theme?

Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world simply because we are human. They apply regardless of where you are from, what you believe or how you choose to live your life. They should never be taken away, although they can sometimes be restricted – for example, if a person breaks the law.

It’s an exciting time for rights in Scotland. The law is changing to help better protect your rights. Scotland is in a unique position to introduce legal protections of children’s rights in Scots Law and this process is called ‘incorporation’. The Scottish Government has promised to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law before summer 2021.

Also, the Scottish Government has set up The National Taskforce for Human Rights Leadership (Taskforce) in 2019 to address the human rights and equality impacts of Brexit in Scotland. The purpose of the Taskforce is to work out how to better protect the rights of everyone in Scotland. They are currently working with the public to understand how this should happen.

Who Cares? Scotland will influence both opportunities but to do this, we want to understand what our Care Experienced members have to say on this issue.

National Engagement Sessions

Throughout the rest of 2020, we will be providing opportunities for members to inform our national influencing work. These 2 hour workshops will take place over Zoom and in some of these sessions we will be joined by friends Together Scotland and Children’s Hearings Scotland.

Members if you’re unsure what getting involved means, check out our Members Frequently Asked Questions document below.

If you have any questions about the upcoming Child and Human Rights theme, or about the Annual Participation Programme, please get in contact with Carly or get in touch with your Advocacy and Participation Worker.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.