Our consultation work with children and young people
Participation of children and young people is at the heart of our work and shapes our core policy positions. Here are some of our recent projects and related reports.
Voices and Experiences of Bullying and Harassment in Schools
In May 2017 we were asked to provide a report to the Scottish Parliament's Equalities and Human Rights Committee as part of its inquiry into bullying and harassment of children and young people.
The report brings together children’s and young people’s voices and experiences of bullying in school settings. It explores contexts, barriers to change and perspectives on what would help address concerns.
The study found that children experiencing bullying and harassment in Scottish schools are targeted on the basis of physical appearance, sexuality and identity, and the presence of an additional support need.
It was discussed by the parliamentary committee on Thursday 22 June 2017 at a session attended by John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills.
Read our report (PDF download)
STEM Strategy Consultation
As part of its STEM strategy consultation process, the Scottish Government commissioned us to carry out research on:
- children and young people’s experiences of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)-related learning, and
- their awareness and understanding of STEM jobs.
The project involved engagement activities with children and young people to gather their views on learning, work, and their lived experience of STEM.
Conclusions of the research included:
- schools should be supported to do more Engineering activities and make Maths as interesting and enjoyable as possible
- more women should be encouraged to become Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths teachers, and
- more men should be encouraged to go into primary teaching.
School Nurses Review
To inform the Scottish Government review of school nursing across Scotland, we were asked to speak to children and young people to find out how the school service works in their school and what they think could be better.
We spoke to 34 children and young people from P6 to S6 in schools across Perth & Kinross and Dumfries & Galloway. Our sessions used participative and creative methods to allow children to share their thoughts and ideas.
At the end of the project we produced a final report outlining our findings and a young people-friendly report.
Read the young-people friendly report (PDF download)
Consultation on Wellbeing
In October 2016, the Scottish Government asked us to consult with children and young people to help inform the development of their new ten-year mental health strategy from the perspective of younger children.
We spoke to 49 children, from P3-P7 in two primary schools in Glasgow and Dunoon. We also considered the views of children and young people from a range of youth-led organisations.
The consultation explored what helps children feel happy, healthy and safe, the issues they would like help with, and the types of support that can help them.
Based on what we heard we made a number of recommendations to the Scottish Government.
We also produced a report, Feeling Happy, Healthy and Safe, feeding back on the findings to children and young people.
Read the report on our work with children and young people (PDF Download)