All about Dignity in School

The programme

From August 2021 Children’s Parliament has been working in two partner schools on the Dignity in School (DiS) programme to demonstrate how primary schools can take a children’s rights-based approach to their work. 

The aim of the project is to make rights real for children in their school and, by doing so, ensure that their dignity is upheld in school and contribute to making them feel healthy, happy, and safe. 

Every human being is important and special. We call this human dignity.

Respect for human dignity means that we should be friendly and kind to others and it is wrong to hurt other people or make them feel bad about themselves.

No matter how others treat you, they never have the right to take away your human dignity.

When you learn what human dignity means to you, you are less likely to accept when other people hurt, discriminate or put someone down.

We want to learn from children, to understand what a rights based education means to them. 

All about UNCRC Incorporation

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UNCRC is a legally-binding international agreement setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of every child.

It applies to every child aged 0-18, regardless of their race, religion, abilities or family circumstances.

The UNCRC comprises of 54 articles. These articles are universal, unconditional, inherent, inalienable and indivisible.

UNCRC incorporation in Scotland

On 16th March 2021 Scottish Parliament unanimously voted to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. Once it has made it’s way through the legal procedure it will become incorporated into domestic law.

What does this mean?

Incorporation gives more power to the UNCRC. It will empower cultural change but will also provide legal backing to the UNCRC.

When the UNCRC passes into law it will mean that Scottish Government and duty bearers can be taken to court if they fail to uphold the UNCRC


What does this mean for schools?

Check out our resources to help you further understand the UNCRC and integrate it into your school