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Advice for setting up an advisory group

Last year we ran a workshop at the Children in Scotland Annual Conference that shared our experience of being involved in an advisory group and our top tips to help organisations setting up their own group!

Here are some of our key messages:

- Young people need to be at the centre

- Involve children and young people at as many stages as possible

- Have fun!

- Create a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere

- Create a safe space

- Make sure inclusion is at the heart

- Keep things interactive so everyone can have their say and be involved

- Make things structured but flexible

- Short activities and give people options

- Listen to what works for children- including food

- Don’t just listen- act! (if not explain why not, respond back, use different ways to report back!).

 

"Children in Scotland is leading the way

Consulting young people and giving us our say.

We can teach you a thing or two

Since kids are at the heart of everything you do.

Fun! Interactive and accessible to all!

Start with small steps to achieve your final goal.

We are not just a tick in the box

Act on what we say so it isn’t all talk.

If not then explain why not.

 

Children in Scotland is leading the way

Consulting young people and giving us our say.

We can teach you a thing or two

Since kids are at the heart of everything you do."

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