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Participants Not Pawns: Guidance on Consulting with Children and Young People on School Closures (and Other Significant Changes)

In 2010 Children in Scotland worked with Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People to produce guidance for Local Authorities on Pupil Consultations under the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act 2010.

The guidance sets out principles of meaningful and sensitive consultation with children and young people.

It explores methods local authorities may want to use in carrying out consultations with children and young people on proposed school closures or other significant changes to the running of a school.

It also provides examples of good practice in consultation with children and young people and tips to support local authorities in putting principles into practice.

The guidance should be read alongside the relevant parts of the Scottish Government’s statutory guidance on the 2010 Act.

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