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Teen cancer survivor and advocate Molly Cuddihy and Natalie Don MSP join impressive line-up for Annual Conference 2024

Children in Scotland has today revealed two more speakers for its Annual Conference 2024, with teen cancer survivor and advocate Molly Cuddihy, and Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, Natalie Don MSP, joining the packed lineup of expert voices.  

Held in just one month’s time on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, the flagship event will bring together delegates, partners and supporters from across the children’s sector, providing opportunities to exchange ideas, network and learn. 

Addressing the conference with a keynote speech on day one, Molly Cuddihy is a passionate advocate for the rights of children and young adults, particularly those living with and progressing from cancer and other serious illness, having been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when she was just 15 years old. 

Currently a Youth Ambassador for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, Molly has a wealth of experience to share with the conference. As co-founder of the charity Every Thank You Counts, and co-ordinator for the acclaimed Radio Therapy podcast (click here for more), which covers themes including mental health, body image and mortality, the inspiring teen will provide fresh perspectives on topics close to her heart. 

Speaking on day two of the conference, Natalie Don MSP, Minister for Children, Young People and Keeping the Promise, will discuss a range of issues relevant to children and young people, and the wider sector, providing valuable insights.

Natalie Don MSP said: “I'm really looking forward to what is set to be another amazing event run by Children in Scotland. 

“I was lucky enough to be invited to their 30th Anniversary Networking event last year where I had the pleasure of meeting a number of past and present staff members, and engaged with the amazing members of the Changing Our World children and young people’s advisory group. 

“As this inspirational group has been heavily involved with the development, planning, and workshop selection for the upcoming conference, I know it will be a very interesting and thought-provoking event where experts in a wide variety of areas can get together to discuss issues impacting children.” 

Alongside powerful keynote speeches, informative panel discussions, and engaging workshops, children and young people’s voices will be central to both days of the Annual Conference, with representatives from Changing Our World (CoW) (click here for more) co-chairing the programme. 

Ensuring attendees hear directly from the young Scots they work with and for every day has been a key goal for Children in Scotland when planning the Annual Conference 2024, and further highlights of the programme include co-designed workshops and interactive sessions, covering everything from supporting neurodivergent children to suicide prevention, Artificial Intelligence, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, learning through play, youth homelessness, and many more topics. 

For further information, interviews and all media requests please contact Alice Hinds: ahinds@childreninscotland.org.uk or press@childreninscotland.org.uk

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Nicola Killean joins expert lineup for Children in Scotland’s Annual Conference 2024

Children in Scotland is delighted to announce the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Nicola Killean, will chair the first day of its up-coming Annual Conference 2024.

Held on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 May at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, the flagship event will bring together delegates, partners and supporters from across the children’s sector, with a range of keynote speakers, exhibitors, workshops and networking sessions available over the two days.

As part of Children in Scotland’s commitment to participation and engagement, Nicola will co-chair with a young person, and will introduce contributors and share reflections as the packed programme gets underway.

Joining an exciting, expert lineup of sector leaders still to be announced, Nicola says the Annual Conference will be a welcome opportunity to discuss and dissect some of the big issues facing children and young people today.

Nicola Killean, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, said: “I am delighted to be co-chairing Children in Scotland’s annual conference for a day with a young person. The conference is a fantastic opportunity to exchange knowledge and reflect on good practice on how children’s rights are being delivered in Scotland. With the implementation of the UNCRC Act on the horizon, it’s an even more significant time for adults, young people, and children to come together to share experiences with the aim of making children’s rights a reality for all children in Scotland.”

Simon Massey, Children in Scotland’s Head of Engagement and Learning, said: “We are so excited to announce that Nicola will be jointly chairing the first day of our Annual Conference. I am looking forward to welcoming her to what I hope will be regular involvement in our flagship event, and keen to hear about her first few months as the Children and Young People’s Commissioner. As always, we’re really looking forward to bringing people together from across the children’s sector to share ideas, collaborate, network and learn.”

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Yopa extends support of Children in Scotland after a successful year of partnership working

Award-winning estate agency, Yopa, has extended its partnership with Children in Scotland, providing crucial support for children and young people across Scotland.

The partnership, which began in September 2022 for an initial six-month period, has gone from strength to strength and by the end of the next phase, Yopa will have supported Children in Scotland’s work for 18 months, helping the organisation to fund its young people’s advisory group, Changing our World (CoW). Comprising of members aged eight to 25, CoW ensures that young voices are part of national decision making campaigning on issues such as the incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scot’s Law.

With an interest in improving children’s health and wellbeing in Scotland, Yopa has supported CoW’s recent work addressing the harms of vaping and the way it is marketed to young people. CoW members have had the opportunity to voice their concerns during ministerial meetings with Scottish Government and recently compiled an evidence paper on the use of vapes and other tobacco products in education settings. Both organisations welcome news of plans to ban single use vapes.

Sharing an appreciation for the value of community, Yopa has also sponsored key Children in Scotland events, including its annual conference, mental health conference and 30th anniversary reception. These events have brought together representatives from across the children’s sector to push forward progress in areas such as mental health and wellbeing, learning and inclusivity and children’s rights.

Verona Frankish, CEO of Yopa, said:

“The Yopa Scotland team works at the heart of our local communities, and many of us are parents too; we all want the best for our young people and the places they grow up in, and we're delighted to be able to support an organisation working for the same goal. Like Children in Scotland, we believe that every young person should have equal access to art, culture, education and opportunities, and live in a world free from discrimination.”

Simon Massey, Head of Engagement and Learning at Children in Scotland, said:

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Yopa and to work with an organisation who shares our vision that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to flourish. Yopa’s contributions have already made an enormous difference to our work at such a critical time given the challenges children, young people and their families currently face in Scotland. We look forward to seeing the impact of Yopa’s support during this next stage of our partnership.”

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Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

Following the welcome news of plans to ban single use vapes, Children in Scotland is today calling on the Scottish Government to consider the recommendations of children and young people to further curb the sale and use of tobacco products, including regulating the marketing, display and packaging of e-cigarettes, and implementing better education programmes within primary and secondary schools.

Having identified vaping as a concerning area for discussion, Children in Scotland’s young people’s advisory group, Changing our World (CoW), recently compiled an evidence paper on the use of vapes and other tobacco products in education settings, adding to existing bodies of evidence around the impacts of vaping, while also recommending key areas for policy change.

Over nine group sessions, CoW members, aged 18 to 25, shared first-hand experience of vape use among their peers, expressing concerns about a lack of knowledge around the health impacts of vaping, the marketing of e-cigarettes and vapes, the environmental impact of such plastic products, and how schools are responding to the issue of vaping among pupils.

With members sharing that children and young people now “feel pressure to have a puff” due to the popularity of vapes within social groups – not to mention the “childish flavours” that encourage under-18s to try vaping when they wouldn’t have otherwise tried cigarettes – CoW concluded that more needs to be done within schools to address e-cigarette use.

As well as concluding that a total ban would be the most effective measure for addressing the challenges posed by vapes, CoW also recommended the following:

  • Vaping products should be less visible in shops, similar to the current regulations around displaying cigarettes
  • The packaging of vaping products should be regulated and only permitted to be plain, making the products less eye-catching or appealing to children and young people
  • Personal and Social Education (PSE) in primary and secondary schools should cover vaping, with current resources adapted to become more relevant.

With the Scottish Government committed to reducing youth vaping, Children in Scotland would like to see children and young people invited to be more fully involved in developing future solutions, using recommendations from groups like CoW to put practical, impactful legislation in place.

David Mackay, Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, said: “We wholeheartedly support the government’s plans to ban single use vapes and raise the legal age for the sale of tobacco, especially as research suggests that almost one in five adolescents has tried vaping.

“Changing our World’s evidence paper shows that children are just as worried about the impact of e-cigarettes as adults, and we would now urge decision makers to take further action to curb the harmful impact of vaping by working directly with the young people who are being affected.

“The younger generation can provide vital, fresh perspectives on issues that impact their lives every day, and with The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) now part of Scottish legislation, it’s never been more important to listen to young people’s views and take their recommendations into account.”

Changing our World member, Roderick, said: “It’s a welcome surprise to learn that disposable vapes will be banned. Since disposable vapes are so common amongst young people today, banning them will be a huge step forward in helping young people across the country to avoid the dangers of nicotine use.”

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Ambitious itinerary announced for ‘30 Hills in 7 Days’ CEO challenge

With just days to go until Children in Scotland's Chief Executive takes to the hills – aiming to climb 30 peaks in seven days – she has announced her ambitious itinerary for the challenge

Dr Judith Turbyne, Chief Executive of Children in Scotland, Scotland’s national children’s sector network, is taking on the challenge to mark the organisation’s 30th anniversary, and the important work that it has done over the past three decades to uphold children’s rights and support a workforce that is increasingly under pressure.

Judith will start her challenge in the hills around Dundee and Angus on Saturday 11 November and, through the week, climb the peaks of Fife, Stirling and the Trossachs, Aberdeenshire and the Lothians. She will finish her challenge on Friday 17 November as she descends Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.

Her full itinerary includes:

A table with three columns date area and hills and a list of 30 hills spanning seven days

Judith said: “As the challenge grows closer I am feeling a lot of excitement, and a touch of trepidation, but mostly overwhelming gratitude for all those who have supported me so far. We have raised just over £1,000 for Children in Scotland, but more importantly shed a light on the incredible work this organisation is doing, every day.

“The days are getting shorter and I am going to have to plan well to fit it all in. When the Scottish rain is beating down and my legs are getting sore, I will think of all the amazing young people we work with who are helping us to effect change, and our members across the children’s sector who are themselves working under significant challenges with passion and grit.

“Things are getting tougher for our members and the children and young people we and they are working with and for. We need to look at ways of building our resilience as an organisation to continue to support the sector. This is just a small contribution, but I am excited that I can do this for the organisation.”

On 7 June 2023, Children in Scotland celebrated its 30th anniversary. For three decades the organisation has been championing the voices of children and young people, ensuring they are at the heart of policy and decision making, and being a leading force for workforce development. Their membership brings together more than 430 organisations and individuals from schools, charities and nurseries to NHS Boards, local authorities and community interest groups.

Throughout her challenge, Judith will be fundraising for Children in Scotland. To support Judith in her 30 Hills challenge, click here to visit her fundraising page: https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/30-hills-challenge-celebrating-30-years-of-children-in-scotland.

Follow her challenge online using the hashtag #30Hills.

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Children in Scotland announces new Head of Policy, Projects and Participation

Children in Scotland has today announced David Mackay as its new Head of Policy, Projects and Participation. 

David brings to the role more than a decade of experience in the children’s sector, having worked with the Early Years team at the Scottish Book Trust before joining Children in Scotland as Policy Manager in April 2019.

During his time with the organisation he has overseen key areas of the development of its 2021-2026 Manifesto. He has also led on a range of project and participation work involving children and young people, including the Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe, the Home and Belonging Evaluation, the Access All Arts Fund and the Open Kindergarten project. 

Children in Scotland Chief Executive, Dr Judith Turbyne, welcomed the appointment, saying: 

“I am so pleased to welcome David to his new role leading the Policy, Projects and Participation team at Children in Scotland. David has driven forward significant projects and policy areas through his early work with the organisation, on a broad range of topics including mental health, the implications of Brexit, the environment and the creative arts. He is a passionate advocate for children and young people, and I am confident that through his leadership, we can build on the great work that has already been done in the first years of our 2021-2026 Manifesto.” 

On his appointment, David said: 

“I am delighted to be appointed as Head of Policy, Projects and Participation. I have seen first-hand the powerful impact children and young people’s voices can have in driving change, creating better legislation and policy, and improving practice. At a time when many children, young people and families are facing very real challenges, there are still some green shoots of optimism with UNCRC incorporation back on the horizon. I look forward to leading Children in Scotland’s policy and engagement work and collaborating with colleagues across the sector to improve outcomes and work towards a Scotland where all children and young people can truly experience their rights.” 

David will be part of the organisation’s strategic leadership team and lead the Children in Scotland Policy, Projects and Participation department, whichworks to engage children and young people and ensure that their voices are heard at all levels of policy and decision-making.

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Scottish schools recognised for work to support pupil inclusion

Three schools and one nursery have been crowned winners of this year's Success Looks Different Awards in recognition of how they celebrate their pupils with additional support needs.

The awards invited education settings to share how they were supporting the achievements of their pupils outwith traditional academia and especially pupils with additional support needs.

Created by the Inclusion Ambassadors, a national group of secondary school age pupils with a range of additional support needs and experience of a variety of educational provision, the awards were originally developed as part of the Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Action Plan.

Now in their second year, entries for the awards were welcomed across four categories: early years, primary, secondary and specialist provision. This year's winners, chosen by the Inclusion Ambassadors, were selected for how they celebrate the individuality of pupils, value pupil voice and demonstrate creativity.

Success Looks Different 2023 Winners

· Early Years: Woodlands Nursery Centre, South Lanarkshire

· Primary School: Williamston Primary School, West Lothian

· Secondary School: Our Lady and St Patricks, West Dunbartonshire

· Special School: Fairview School, Perth.

Lucy Johnson, Enquire’s Senior Development Officer, who managed the awards, said:

“It is a privilege to once again be involved in these awards. This year we continued to develop the inclusive nature of the awards with the Inclusion Ambassadors involved in every stage of the process, reflecting their vision of pupils being involved in all decisions that impact them.

Congratulations to all of this year’s Success Looks Different winners that demonstrated excellent examples of celebrating and including pupils in their school community and education community.“

Harry, one of the Inclusion Ambassadors involved in the judging process reflected:

“The Success Looks Different Awards are important for everyone so that they feel included. I liked to judge [this years awards] because it let me know what schools were doing to help people.”

Jenny Gilruth, Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Education & Skills said:

“Congratulations to the winners and all of those who took part in this year’s Success Look Different Awards – I am immensely proud of the work that you do to ensure that our schools and ELC settings are inclusive places of learning.

It is important that we continue to celebrate the achievements of children and young people with additional support needs and make sure they all have the opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential.

I would also like to thank the Inclusion Ambassadors for their ongoing work and commitment to supporting inclusive learning environments.”

The Success Looks Different 2023 winners and runners-up will each be presented with a physical award at their own presentation day, due to take place within the current school term.

Success Looks Different 2023 – Full list of winners and runners-up

Early Years category

Winner: Woodlands Nursery Centre, South Lanarkshire
Runner-up: Wallace Town EYC, South Ayrshire

The Inclusion Ambassadors chose Woodlands Nurse as winners of the Early Years category for the many different and individualised ways that children and Woodlands Nursery are able to express their needs and wants.

Primary School category

Winner: Williamston Primary School, West Lothian
Runner-up: Houston Primary, Renfrewshire

The Inclusion Ambassadors chose Williamston Primary School as winners of the Primary School category. They were impressed with the many real-life examples used in their entry which demonstrated how pupils and the wider school community are involved in sharing different types of success.

Secondary School category

Winner: Our Lady and St Patricks, West Dunbartonshire
Runner-up: Park Mains High School, Erskine

Our Lady and St Patricks was chosen as the winner of the Secondary School category in recognition of the creativity the school employ to celebrate success, especially when getting pupils involved and doing something different.

Special School category

Winner: Fairview School, Perth
Runner-up: East Park School, Glasgow

Fairview School was crowned winner of the Special Schools category with the Inclusion Ambassadors particularly impressed with the importance placed on relationships, creativity and pupil voice which was demonstrated in their entry.

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Sustainable funding for the third sector and action on a wellbeing economy: our calls following Programme for Government announcement

Children in Scotland has highlighted its concerns for the sector, and the children and young people it supports, following yesterday’s Programme for Government announcement.

The organisation is calling for sustainable funding for the sector and decisive action towards the delivery of a wellbeing economy.

Children in Scotland Chief Executive, Dr Judith Turbyne, welcomed the intention to prioritise public services in yesterday’s announcement, but highlighted the need for sustainable investment to turn good intentions into action. She said:

“As we begin to turn our thoughts to the winter months, when many families will face impossible choices between heating their homes and eating, we need to see the right kind of activity and investment in the third sector, and concrete steps towards a more rights-based economy that prioritises wellbeing.

“I am pleased to see a focus on public services at the heart of this year’s Programme for Government. However, the crucial role of the third sector to deliver them in a universal and targeted way is again at risk of being overlooked. In recent months, we have seen organisations, that provide essential relationship-based family support and play a crucial role in children’s services planning and delivery, forced to close their doors or reduce services because of unsustainable funding positions.

“We support a recent campaign by SCVO calling for fairer funding for the third sector to deliver long-term sustainable solutions to these issues.”

Dr Turbyne highlighted the urgent need to deliver a wellbeing economy. She added:

“Our current economic model is broken, and the transition to a wellbeing economy is urgently required to tackle poverty, reduce inequality, and to ensure we can deliver on our climate targets. The recent introduction of a Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy is a positive step forward; however, tangible action is now needed to refocus our economic model and deliver an economy that supports everyone to live good lives and protects the health of our planet.”

In July, Children in Scotland was one of more than 200 charities, economists, businesses, trade unions, and academics that co-signed a joint letter, co-ordinated by the Wellbeing Economy Alliance Scotland, urging the First Minister to take decisive action and deliver a robust plan to deliver a wellbeing economy.

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Success Looks Different returns for a second year

Applications for the Success Looks Different award, which recognises schools that actively celebrate the successes and achievements of their pupils with additional support needs, opens today.

Returning for a second year, Success Looks Different asks schools to share how they are supporting the achievements of their pupils with additional support needs outwith formal exams and assessments.

Developed by Scotland’s national Inclusion Ambassadors group, the intention of the award is to highlight and celebrate education settings that support and champion children’s rights and can evidence inclusion practices embedded within their school ethos, values and practice.

In the words of the Inclusion Ambassadors, it is important that these inclusion practices reflect real, meaningful and genuine practices and are not just “to tick a box”.

Lucy Johnson, Senior Children’s Rights Officer with Enquire, which manages the award, said:

“We are delighted to be running Success Looks Different for a second year and it feels significant to be launching it as the 2023 exams are still taking place.

“We know that for many children and young people, particularly those with additional support needs, success doesn’t always come in the form of exam results or formal assessments. Success Looks Different provides a platform for schools to share some of their innovative work and demonstrate how they are truly inclusive communities, supporting and celebrating all of their pupils.

Last year we heard some great examples of how success was celebrated in a lot of different forms, as well as examples of pupils co-producing initiatives or new approaches. We look forward to hearing more examples of good practice this year.”

The award is open to all publicly funded schools in Scotland. A winner will be awarded in the categories of primary, secondary and special schools. For the first time, an early learning and childcare category has also been introduced.

Schools and early learning settings can click the link below to find out more and self-nominate by completing a short entry form:
childreninscotland.org.uk/inclusion-ambassadors-success-looks-different

Entries will close on Monday 3 July 2023 at 5pm. Winners will be announced in September 2023.

For more information contact: Jennifer Drummond, Senior Communications and Engagement Officer, Enquire - jdrummond@childreninscotland.org.uk

 

Editor Notes

  • The Inclusion Ambassadors is a national group, funded by the Scottish Government. It was established to give young people with additional support needs a voice in decisions about education policy. The current Inclusion Ambassadors group is made up of secondary school-age young people with a wide range of additional support needs. The group currently represents 16 different local authority areas across Scotland. The group is managed by Children in Scotland and Enquire.  Click here for more: https://childreninscotland.org.uk/inclusion-ambassadors/
  • The Scottish Government’s Additional Support for Learning Action Plan was published in October 2020 in direct response to Angela Morgan’s Review of Implementation of Additional Support for Learning (ASL Review). The Success Looks Different Award directly supports recommendation 1.1.3: that the successes and achievements of children and young people with additional support needs be recognised, celebrated and promoted.
    Click here for more: https://www.gov.scot/publications/additional-support-learning-action-plan/
  • Success Looks Different 2022 Winners. The Winners of the first ever Success Looks Different Awards, held in 2022, were: Braehead Primary School, Stirling (Primary), Alva Academy, Clackmannanshire (Secondary), Cedarbank School, Livingston (Special School).
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Research reveals almost half of secondary school pupils are missing out on hobbies

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10 February

New research reveals that almost half of young people of secondary school age are missing out on out-of-school activities or hobbies, with young people living in areas of high deprivation even less likely to take part. 

New Ipsos research commissioned by Children in Scotland asked 1500 young people aged 11 to 18 about the clubs and activities they took part in after school or at the weekend.  

It found that only 54% of young people of secondary school age said that they take part in a club or activity outside of school. This dropped to 45% among secondary school aged children living in the areas of highest deprivation, compared with 65% in the most affluent areas. Those living with a physical or mental health condition were also less likely to take part in clubs or activities out of school.  

Children in Scotland commissioned the research to support the call to government for a national hobby premium to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland have free access to a hobby or activity of their choosing.

Click here to read our policy briefing: “Why Scotland should introduce a Hobby Premium: The Right to Play”

Click here to read our Manifesto for 2021-26 which includes the call for a Hobby Premium.

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children have a right to leisure and play. Hobbies are a way for children to play, explore their interests, build skills, make mistakes and grow.  

Evidence from countries where support for hobbies is in place, for example Finland, shows that taking part in hobbies has a hugely positive impact on children and young people’s confidence, wellbeing and learning. Benefits can be both immediate and longer term. However, barriers such as cost and availability can mean that not all children have equal access to hobbies and their associated benefits.

Survey results

Providing data on the current Scottish context, responses from 1533 secondary school pupils as part of an Ipsos survey, conducted between September - December 2022, revealed that: 

  • Overall, about half (54%) of secondary school aged children (S1 to S6) say they are currently taking part in an out of school club or activity 
  • Less than half (45%) of secondary school aged children living in the areas of highest deprivation are taking part in an out of school club or activity. This compares with 65% in the most affluent areas.  
  • Young people with a physical or mental health condition are less likely to take part in a club or activity than those with no physical or mental health condition (51% and 62% respectively)  
  • Slightly more children who identify as white take part in clubs and activities than those who identify with another ethnicity (56% and 52% respectively) 
  • Rates of participation in clubs and activities are broadly the same for girls and boys (54% and 55% respectively) 
  • Rates of participation in clubs and activities are broadly the same for those living in rural and urban areas (52% and 54% respectively) 

The call for a hobby premium

On the results from the survey and their implications for children and young people’s health and wellbeing, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation at Children in Scotland, Amy Woodhouse says:

“It’s of real concern that a significant proportion of young people are not taking part in a club or after school activity.  That participation is less common for those living in areas with high deprivation or with a physical or mental health condition adds to evidence from elsewhere that barriers relating to cost and accessibility can be an influencing factor.  

Given the importance of hobbies to physical and emotional wellbeing, we need government to take up the call for a hobby premium and invest in increasing access to hobbies for all children living in Scotland.  

For more information about the Hobby Premium: 

Click here to read our Policy Briefing on the call for a Hobby Premium: Why Scotland should introduce a Hobby Premium: The Right to Play

Click here to read a blog from includem’s Tuisku “Snow” Curtis-Kolu on what we can learn from Finland about establishing a Hobby Premium 


Media contact: Catherine Bromley – email cbromley@childreninscotland.org.uk

Notes for editors

Project background 

Children in Scotland launched the call for a Hobby Premium for Scotland within its 2021-26 Manifesto, published in November 2020. The call is supported by Children in Scotland’s members and its partners across the sector including Play Scotland, Early Years Scotland, Children 1st, YouthLink Scotland and Together.
   

 

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