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Put children and young people at the heart of local government decision-making

Children in Scotland has urged candidates to put children and young people at the heart of their campaigning in the run up to Scotland’s local elections on Thursday, 4 May – and beyond. 

Local council elections offer significant opportunities to shape the agenda of Scotland’s political parties. These, in turn, will be indicative of the direction of local government in each council area, identifying and shaping their response and decision-making around key areas reserved to local councils such as local services and support. 

We have made a series of calls designed to ensure that children’s rights are powerfully articulated in policy formulation, leading to services that are responsive to their needs and a society where every child has an equal chance to fulfill their potential.

We urge candidates to:

  • Ensure that all families receive the benefits and support they entitled to
  • Protect and expand vital local services that support early years development
  • Prioritise high quality early learning and childcare
  • Protect the community-based services that facilitate good mental health amongst young people
  • Encourage better use of school estate facilities to provide additional services outwith school hours
  • Ensure adequate resources are allocated for additional support for learning
  • Provide better support for children and young people who have experienced trauma
  • Promote the participation and engagement of children and young people
  • Protect outdoor spaces, promote free play and give children and young people the opportunity to shape their built environment.

These calls were made in a briefing produced for, and sent directly to, local election candidates. 

Read the full briefing here.