The Rights of Children and Young People Bill will enshrine in law Scottish Ministers' duty to have due regard to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when exercising their responsibilities.
The UNCRC spells out the basic human rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) of all children up to the age of 18.
The Scottish Government is committed to creating a modern, inclusive Scotland that respects and protects human rights. In particular, it is committed to recognising, respecting and promoting children's rights as part of our wider commitment to improving life chances.
The Bill will ensure that all of the Scottish Government's policies and legislation take account of and promote the rights of children and young people and ensure it sets an example for the wider public sector to follow.
Consultation on the Bill will begin on September 8. The Bill forms part of a much wider reform of children's services to improve life chances and create a fairer start for all, including a Children's Services Bill planned for 2013.