Policy & Influencing
Our unique position in the children’s sector means we can influence people and organisations that make important contributions to the lives of children and families in Scotland.
Our policy positions and calls are explained fully in our Manifesto 2021-2026 (click here to access).
All our work and relationships, and the evidence we draw from our network, help inform the policy positions we take. It also allows us to identify our key priorities, which work towards our vision of all children in Scotland having an equal chance to flourish.
Our policy positions are the result of:
- Direct participation and engagement with children, young people, and families (click here for more)
- Consultations with our members
- Our role as co-secretariat of the Cross-Party Group on Children and Young People (click here for more)
- Evidence gathered through our work, including project work (click here for more) and our direct services (click here for more)
- Our partnerships across the whole of the children’s sector. (click here for more)
- Our relationship with local and national governments.
We are involved in a range of activity with the aim of influencing practice and creating positive change for children.
There are many different ways you can get involved in our policy and influencing work, and in our work more widely.
One of the best ways to get involved is to become a member of Children in Scotland.
Children in Scotland organises and chairs a number of Forums to support our members, gather their feedback and expertise, and help inform our policy positions. Our member forums have been developed to meet the different needs of the children’s workforce while also providing the opportunity to bring members together with the ambition of influencing policy and practice.
Voices brings together the diverse knowledge, skills and experience of our members to seek solutions for the most pressing issues affecting children in Scotland today. Every member of Children in Scotland is welcome to attend. Click here to find out more
Children's Sector Strategic Forum
This group meets at least four times per year and takes a pro-active and evidence-based approach to improving children’s lives at a national level.
Membership comprises Children in Scotland members who hold senior positions within the children’s sector.
Click here to find out more about the forum – and access minutes and briefings
Cross-party Group on Children and Young People
Children in Scotland is the co-secretariat for the Scottish Parliament Cross-party Group on Children and Young People. The group's purpose is to ensure issues affecting children and young people are recognised and discussed throughout the working of the Scottish Parliament, in order to ensure that the needs and rights of children and young people are met throughout Scotland.
Click here to review recent business and minutes from the group
Our policy team also offers bespoke training on:
- Children's Rights and the UNCRC - Bridging Policy & Practice
(click here to access)
- Meaningful Participation with Children and Young People
(click here to access)