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Children’s and young people’s participation and engagement

A key aspect of achieving our vision that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish is the inclusion and participation of children and young people in our work.

We aim to embed children and young people’s inclusion across all our work and go about this in a number of ways, including:

  • A specific Participation & Engagement Team within the organisation
  • The development of a children and young people’s advisory group to help shape our work
  • One of our Strategic Plan priority areas being ‘championing participation and inclusion of children and young people’
  • Delivery of specific projects and pieces of work focusing on the voices of children and young people
  • A young person sitting on our Board of Directors since 2015
  • Working in partnership with organisations such as Young Scot and the Scottish Youth Parliament
  • Including elements of participation and engagement work in all of our proposals and project management

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child describes participation as:

“Ongoing processes, which include information sharing and dialogue between children and adults based on mutual respect, and in which children can learn how their views and those of adults are taken into account and shape the outcome of such processes.”

In line with this, our goal is to engage children and young people in meaningful, ongoing dialogue and to enable them to have effective and fulfilling participation in all areas of our work. This will help ensure their voices influence the decisions and practices of policymakers and practitioners.

Participation of children and young people is an important mechanism to ensure that we are listening and communicating to our members the views and perspectives of children and young people on a wide variety of issues. We combine this with the best available evidence of what works for supporting children and their families.

'Changing our World' - our children and young people’s advisory group

We believe it is essential to listen to children and young people about issues that impact on them, and we work hard to ensure that children’s voices are heard.

We want to create spaces for children and young people to enjoy their rights, including the right to have a say in decisions that affect their lives.

This is why we have developed an advisory group, made up of children and young people (currently ages 8-18), to help shape our work and make sure that we are actively listening and positively reacting to their views. More information on the group will be added to this page soon.

Watch members of the group talking about our 25 Calls campaign in this short video:

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Meet the team

Find out more about our team, areas of expertise, and how to get in touch.

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Our Projects

Find out how we're putting our participation and engagement work into practice across Scotland.

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Leaflet for professionals

Download and share a summary of our work, and our offer to the children's sector.

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FMQT: A landmark participation project

Our approach to participation is amplifying children's voices at national level.

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Participation & Engagement Guidelines

We developed guidelines for achieving meaningful participation with young people

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Our consultation work with children

Young people's participation helps to shape our projects and core policy positions

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Leaflet for children and young people

Young voices should be heard! Find out more and get involved in our work.

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What does heritage mean to you?

Our team is working on an exciting project, evaluationg local history and culture from the perspective of children.

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