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Local MSPs celebrate Universal Children’s Day with Barnardo’s Scotland

Release Date: 20/11/2017

MSPs will be putting their constituency and parliamentary papers aside to join children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland to celebrate Universal Children’s Day, today, Monday 20 November.

MSPs from across Scotland will be visiting the charity’s shops to find out how they help the charity’s children’s services in their local area, and how that benefits children and young people in local communities.    

Minister for Childcare and Early Years and MSP for Highlands and Islands, Maree Todd, will meet Barnardo’s Scotland’s Assistant Director, Maggie Brownlie, and young people supported by the charity in Inverness.

Universal Children’s Day, which takes place on 20 November, was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954 to be a day of understanding between children and to promote children’s welfare and children’s rights.  

Barnardo’s Scotland held a series of events in their shops across the country to coincide with the day to highlight the welfare and rights of children and young people.


Notes to editor

Universal Children’s Day MSPs across Scotland will be volunteering their time on 20 - 27 November in Barnardo’s Scotland’s stores across Scotland to celebrate Universal Children’s Day.

By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children. It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

Barnardo’s Scotland has more than 100 shops in Scotland and works with more than 26,500 children and young people in over 122 specialised community-based services across Scotland.  Our work includes: fostering and adoption services and support; helping children break free from sexual exploitation; supporting young carers; helping young people in to employment and helping children living in poverty.   

Visit to find out how you can get involved and show you believe in children.  Twitter: @BarnardosScot  Facebook: Barnardo’s Scotland

Media enquiries:

If you would like to attend please contact Katrina Slater media office – Barnardo’s Scotland; telephone 0131 446 7022 or 020 8 498 7555 (24 hours) email or the local shop direct.

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