Speaking at the Association of Directors of Social Work conference in Dundee yesterday, Mrs Liddell said:
'Scotland is entering a new era with the establishment of the first Scottish Parliament in 300 years. Scotland's new place in the international arena means that our young people must have an awareness of international affairs.
'As part of our drive to keep young people in Scotland looking outwards towards international affairs, I am announcing today that we will issue a leaflet on the UN Convention of Human Rights in a format accessible to children. This leaflet will be made available to children in the 11-13 year old age group and will also be available on the Scottish Office web-site.
'Our chances of success increase if we make them aware of their rights and responsibilities and convince them that their views can be heard and taken into account in decisions at both national and local level.
'This leaflet will be a step in the right direction in cultivating among our young people an understanding of their basic human rights and the confidence to stand up for them.'