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Children and Young People's Panel on Europe (Jun 2018 - Dec 2018)

The UK will leave the European Union on 29 March 2019.  The Scottish Government is talking to the UK Government about how to make sure that leaving the European Union does as little harm as possible in Scotland.

Children and young people have a right to be heard in the discussions about Brexit. Participation projects have already been established in Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that children can have their say. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) says that every child has the right to be heard in decisions that affect them.

To ensure that this happens in Scotland, Children in Scotland is working in partnership with Together, the Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights  to set up a Panel of children and young people to provide advice to the Scottish Government.

The Panel will bring together a group of children and young people with a range of views to talk about the main issues for children and young people in relation to leaving the European Union.

The group will work directly with Mike Russell (Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations), who is the government Minister in charge of negotiating the best deal for Scotland when we leave the European Union. The Panel will have the opportunity to make sure that the views of children and young people across the country are listened to and taken into account in his discussions with the UK Government.

The Panel will also be involved in developing resources to provide information to children and young people about what Brexit means for them and their lives.


The Children and Young People's Panel on Europe produced a briefing for the Westminster debate on the Withdrawal Agreement. You can access the briefing, here. 


The Children and Young People's Panel on Europe published their final report with recommendations for the Scottish and UK Government. You can access the report, here.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the panel please contact Jemma Tracey.


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Press release: New project gives young people a voice

Read our press release launching the children and young people's panel on Europe

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Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights)

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights) will support the engagement work for the project and will also carry out a literature review to find out what children and young people have already said in relation to Brexit.

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Consultation Work with Children and Young People

Read the consultation

Listen and learn: involve young people in decision-making

A blog by Ellie Roy, member of Changing our World (our children and young people's advisory group)

Read the blog here