Who Cares? Scotland


Human rights are important for everyone but perhaps no more so than for care experienced children and young people. Care experienced children and young people often can't rely on their parents to defend their rights. At the same time, they are subject to decisions and control by a wide range of adults with power over their lives. As such, they are particularly vulnerable to abuse of power, making human rights all the more important.

Human rights are the best way we have of understanding what we all need to live with dignity and respect.

Human rights protect our private lives and choices allowing us to live our lives the way we want to. Human rights also protect us in the public world, ensuring that we are treated fairly and equally and that we are protected from abuse by those with power.

Human rights are not about charity or handouts they are a demand for the dignity and respect that everyone of us deserves.

Human rights can be a call for truly radical action, but within an internationally agreed legal framework.

By definition, if care experienced children and young people's human rights are fully respected, they will be treated fairly, listened to properly, and will have the best chance to fulfil their potential.

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