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Participation through the Pandemic (2021-2022)

...Participation through the Pandemic May 2021 - June 2022 We were awarded funding from the Young Start programme to create a new peer research project to gain greater understanding of Participation and engagement with children and young...


Increasing access to hobbies for children and young people

...as CEO of Parenting across Scotland, Children in Scotland’s former Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, Amy Woodhouse, visited Finland and Iceland with the Churchill Fellowship to explore how these countries are working to increase...


Safer Internet Day 2024: Exploring children’s rights and AI

...called on to provide knowledge of AI systems, policies and ethics, and children’s rights and Participation – Children’s Parliament, the Scottish AI Alliance and The Alan Turing Institute. The three organisations worked together to launch...


Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

...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,...


Embedding the principles of The Promise

...Conference, which was held last week, Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, David Mackay, was invited to talk about how we are embedding the principles of The Promise through our work. For those who missed the...


‘Your Voice Matters’: how to support young people during Welcome to Your Vote Week

...& Engagement Officer at the Electoral Commission Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...


Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Rural Report

...the Life in Scotland Rural Report 2023 About the author Paul Daly, Interim Senior Policy, Participation and Research Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland Click here for more Life in Scotland Rural Report 2023 Read the full Life in...


2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...on the previous 12 months, acknowledging challenges and celebrating successes. From launching new Participation projects to creating innovative learning programmes, supporting our growing membership community to championing the inclusion of young...


Looking to the future at the end of our 30th anniversary year

...lives of children, young people and families living in Scotland. Click to find out more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our work Click...


Further phase of national arts funding announced, as Access All Arts report launches

...had helped them to overcome barriers to the arts.  David Mackay, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, said:  “We are thrilled that Creative Scotland has recognised the important impact that the Access All Arts Fund is having in...


“In a small country where people are well connected, adaptable and aspirational, great changes are possible”

...to and respected the voices of children, not by bringing them to an adult setting, but by funding Participation groups that met in safe, protected spaces, which made it easier for them to express their opinions. For Bairns’ Hoose implementation...


Innovation in school meals in focus, as International School Meals Day 2024 launches

...ISMD website.  A resource pack for schools has been launched, with classroom resources to support Participation.  In preparation for the day, school staff can explore nutrition in a variety of ways, introducing ISMD into curricular areas...


Scottish Government Participation Project (2017-18)

... Scottish Government Participation Project (2017-2018) Children in Scotland was commissioned by the Scottish Government to explore the nature and type of impact children and young people’s Participation has had on national and local...


Participation

... Our work 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...


A Youth Voice Network for Scotland

...work is evidence-based and builds on our own research and data Click here for more Participation & Engagement This work is a key aspect of achieving our vision that all children in Scotland have an equal chance to...


Impact report and animation reveal the benefits of peer research in Participation projects

... Impact report reveals the benefits of peer research in Participation projects 26 Jan 2023 Children in Scotland has published an impact report on evaluation from the Participation through the Pandemic project. The report reveals the...

children and young people pandemic research

New report reveals the experience of young people’s Participation in projects throughout the pandemic

... New report reveals the experience of young people’s Participation in projects throughout the pandemic Monday 6 June 2022 A report launched today reveals key findings from a group of young researchers into the experience of children and...


Young people ‘must be able to help shape life of museums’, Participation project finds

... Young people ‘must be able to help shape life of museums’, Participation project finds 20 January 2022 MEDIA RELEASE Major reforms are needed to make museums more accessible, inclusive and relevant to young people, according to a new...

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Project launched to understand Participation through the pandemic

... New project launched to understand Participation through the pandemic 20 May 2021 Children in Scotland is launching a year-long national peer research project for young people to lead on creating a new understanding of Participation through...


Children's voice at heart of new Participation and engagement guidelines

... Children's voices at heart of new Participation and engagement guidelines 11 September 2019 Children in Scotland has launched refreshed guidelines for the meaningful engagement of children and young people. Originally published in 2017, the...


Amplifying children’s voices across Europe: our Participation staff’s visit to Romania

... Amplifying children’s voices across Europe: our Participation staff’s visit to Romania 12 Nov 2018 Elaine and Jane from our Policy, Projects & Participation Team headed to Romania in October to work with UNICEF staff in the Bucharest...


Landmark Participation project gives children and young people a voice at national level

...Landmark Participation project gives children and young people a voice at national level 27 Jul 2018 Participation isn’t something that can be done once and then crossed off the list. It is an ongoing conversation that will make our society...


Launch of landmark pupil Participation project

... Launch of landmark pupil Participation project Children in Scotland and the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) have launched a landmark engagement project with school-age children to review and refresh the Professional Values...


Wanted: real Participation for young people, not party politics

... Wanted: real Participation for young people, not party politics Following the announcement today that the Prime Minister is seeking to hold a general election on 8 June, Children in Scotland Chief Executive Jackie Brock said: “We...

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

... Children in Scotland announces new Head of Policy, Projects and Participation 3 Oct 2023 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...


Encouraging moves on Participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account

... Encouraging moves on Participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account 11 May 2021 How do the political parties’ pledges compare to our own Manifesto calls? Following the Scottish election, our Policy, Projects & Participation...

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Championing Participation, challenging inequalities and leading the workforce: our key priorities

...Championing Participation, challenging inequalities and leading the workforce: our key priorities Children in Scotland has published its strategic priorities for the next four years, making commitments to champion the needs and voices of children,...

Children News Participate Participation

Listen, learn and act: New magazine calls for "young voices" to shape the children's sector

...discusses Scotland’s housing crisis Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation at Children, David Mackay, shares how children and young people are speaking out on health-harming products Marie Harrison, Senior...


'I give a unique perspective, which enhances the accessibility of the organisation and the services it provides'

...advice and representation for children and families Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...

30th Anniversary

It’s not about right or wrong, but about bringing people together

...training tailored to your organisation’s needs Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...


Celebration, recognition and connection for the befriending sector

...for its members working in the befriending sector. Find out more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...


Inclusion Ambassadors recognised in international report into inclusive education

...education 1 Nov 2023 The Inclusion Ambassadors were highlighted as a strong example of positive Participation, engagement and pupil voice. The report is the culmination of a study commissioned by the European Association of Service Providers...


Amplifying seldom heard voices: the importance of direct services for children and young people

...such was the vast amount of information we had to share with colleagues from Policy, Projects and Participation, Engagement and Learning and Central Services. I mentioned that I was filled with pride as I listened, and this was in part due to...


An exciting time to be working on children's rights

...asking them about and taking account of their views, ideas, and experiences. Our office has put Participation at the heart of everything we do to make sure children’s views are included and heard at all levels of decision-making. This year,...


Keeping Children in Scotland’s commitment to The Promise

...of Children in Scotland’s expertise – workforce development and children and young people’s Participation and engagement. Our idea is to develop a truly co-produced learning programme for pupil support (click here for more) staff to help...


Promoting positive change: young people give their views on the effects of alcohol marketing in Scotland

...from the Scottish Government about the next steps. David Mackay is a Policy, Projects & Participation Manager at Children in Scotland About the author David Mackay is a Policy, Projects & Participation Manager at...


"Care experienced young people need love, relationships and community. They deserve to belong"

...I would highly recommend reading this report to hear from young people themselves the impact that Participation in these projects has had on them, and the positive impact of delivering these projects to young people has had on the team around...

belonging care care experience home home and belonging homelessness housing Participation rights

‘Transfer of power’ vital in securing positive outcomes for care experienced young people, report finds

...presented by the pandemic, Home and Belonging produced many examples of how a model based on Participation and lived experience can deliver for care experienced young people. “On the back of these findings, we believe there is potential for...

care care experienced home and belonging homelessness Participation rights

Measurement and mission statement: what our new values mean to us
board brave changing our world collaboration collaborative kind members open and fair Participation partnership values

New fund supports 106 young people with additional support needs to access the arts and unlock their creative potential
Arts ASN inclusion Participation young people

Our children and young people's advisory group responds to proposals for Human Rights Act reform

...we will monitor the next steps taken by the UK Government. Parisa Shirazi is Policy, Projects and Participation Officer at Children in Scotland Share this Changing our World Our children and...

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Open door policy: Supporting the museums sector to engage with a younger audience

...responsibility of learning departments. The structure, planning and funding models do not support Participation and engagement with decisions about programming made in advance and engagement focused on numbers rather than relationships.   Living...

Arts engagement living museums Participation

Young people explore employment through the ages in new exhibition

...today at Dumfries Museum today (28 September) as part of Children in Scotland’s Living Museums Participation project, which aims to make museums more accessible to young people and more reflective of their experiences. Funded by the National...

heritage living museums Participation

Challenges of mental health and lockdown explored in Perth Living Museums exhibition

...exhibition 6 September 2021 A new exhibition from young people involved in our Living Museums Participation project has opened at Perth Museum. Members of the Perth project group marked the launch of Our Lockdown Journey: Facing the Unknown...

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Young people celebrate launch of Living Museums Stirling exhibition on theme of protest

...on theme of protest 20 August 2021 Young people taking part in our culture and heritage Participation project Living Museums celebrated the opening of a new exhibition showcasing their work this week. On Tuesday evening, the group were...

heritage living museums museums Participation protest

Radical wellbeing-focused redesign of Scottish Government budget key to post-Covid renewal
budget budget process carnegie cattanach coronavirus covid dr katherine trebeck outcomes Participation radical systems change transparency Wellbeing wellbeing budgeting wellbeing budgets

Launch of Young People’s Manifesto helps make political ideas more accessible for all

...to all. Launching the new Manifesto, Parisa Shirazi, Children in Scotland’s Policy, Projects and Participation Officer said: “Children in Scotland’s Manifesto for 2021-26 was developed over 18 months with input from our members, our children...

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Inclusion Ambassadors share experiences of school after lockdown

...lack of consistent, appropriate support. Elaine Kerridge, Children in Scotland’s Policy Manager (Participation), who manages the Inclusion Ambassadors project said: “We wanted to get a sense of how the young people felt things were going with...

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Funding, rights, travel and trade top concerns for young people in Scotland’s post-Brexit relationship with Europe

...of calls about Scotland and the UK’s future relationship with Europe as part of a landmark Participation project. The Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe today publishes its report Young Brexit Voices: It’s Our Future Too,...

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Young people to lead new Living Museums project

...in Scotland is recruiting a group of 10-15 young people to get involved in the new Participation project. Living Museums aims to improve access to museums for young people and share their perspectives on important experiences,...

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Damage to environment children's key concern in new Crown Estate report

...and partnering with children and young people-focused organisations.  Jane Miller, Policy and Participation Officer, who led the project alongside Elaine Kerridge, Policy Manger (Participation & Engagement), said: “Through this work...

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New phase of Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe will ensure young voices are heard in Brexit negotiations

...as part of Brexit negotiations with Westminster and the European Union as part of a landmark Participation project. The Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe, initiated by Children in Scotland and independently led by the charity in...

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"We're not doing well enough on child mental health," First Minister tells young people from across Scotland

...powerful politician. As part of the legacy of Year of Young People we want to ensure that youth Participation at both national and local level is embedded into the decision process for government, parliament and councils.” Zander, a member of...

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Kindness and fairness ‘key to excellent teaching’, children say

...this better? They are not too proud to say they got it wrong.” Elaine Kerridge, Policy Manager (Participation and Engagement) at Children in Scotland, said: “We very much welcome the GTCS placing children’s voices and perspectives on...

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First Minister challenged by young people on mental health support and Brexit aftermath

...to account. The project, funded by Scottish Government as part of YOYP 2018, builds on the current Participation work of national charity Children in Scotland and the national agency for youth work, YouthLink Scotland. The Question Time events are...

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Celebrate young voters’ impact – and listen to them on Brexit

...to the UK General Election result. As an organisation that has always championed young people’s Participation, today we celebrate the fact that an estimated 72% of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote in the UK General Election. Whichever party...

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Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for families and Participation to give children the best start

... Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for families and Participation to give children the best start By Sally Cavers and Anthony O'Malley The early years are a collective responsibility Scotland is fully signed up to the importance of...


Call 18: Take the next step in Participation and food education: give communities the keys to school kitchens

... Call 18: Take the next step in Participation and food education: give communities the keys to school kitchens By Donna Borokinni I've been working in the Glasgow community since 2005 and over the last five years I've observed food poverty...


CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture - Policy and Participation Officer

... Back CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East - Policy and Participation Officer Full time (fixed term until 30 September 2019) £23,697 -  £29,445 Glasgow and Edinburgh We have BIG Lottery funding until the end of September...


Consultation Response: Public Participation at the Scottish Parliament (July 2022)

...Children in Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament's inquiry on Public Participation at the Scottish...


Policy and Participation Officer - Sept 2017

...Policy and Participation Officer CHANGE job...


What is Participation?

... What is quality, meaningful Participation & engagement? The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is based on four principles of: non-discrimination, in the best interest of the child, children’s views and their right to...


Our Trainers & Speakers

David Yule

... David Yule Policy, Projects and Participation Officer David joined Children in Scotland as Policy, Projects and Participation Officer in January 2024. Before joining Children in Scotland, he worked as a Participation officer at the Scottish Youth...

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Susie Dalton

... Susie Dalton Participation and Communications Office - My Rights, My Say Susie joined My Rights, My Say as Participation and Communications Officer in December 2023. She is involved in establishing and developing a new young people’s advisory...

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ASL Inquiry Education, Children and Young People Committee

...you want to discuss any of these resources, please contact Chris Ross, Policy, Projects and Participation Manager, cross@childreninscotland.org.uk This page will be updated regularly with new evidence and resources. We would be really...


Insight – Issue 5

...discusses Scotland’s housing crisis Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, David Mackay, shares how children and young people are speaking out on health-harming products Marie Harrison, Senior Policy Officer...


Our history

...over this period was in the charity’s championing of children and young people’s rights and Participation. In parallel, partnership work saw strides made towards UNCRC incorporation and a more sincere approach to the involvement of children...


Member Insight Blog: Latest

...in Scotland for LGBT Young People Paul Daly is Interim Senior Policy, Participation and Research Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland Click here for more Make cyber security fun for...


Animation project shares experiences of the legal system

...the legal needs of children and young people in conflict with the law, providing attendees to the Participation groups Youth Just Us (click here for more) and Inside Out (click here for more) with the opportunity to explore the issues more...

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Record number of young Scots on positive career paths

...already following on a positive career path From April 1 2022 to March 31 2023, the Annual Participation Measure (APM) showed the highest rate of Participation since 2016, including a rise in young adult employment figures from 17.5% last...

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Gifts in Wills

...to our network and membership, and shaped Scottish legislation through our policy, projects and Participation work. Through the core of all this work run the voices of children and young people.  Click here to read our Manifesto  Click here...


Engaging marginalised young men

... Magazine / News: Young men's mental health and Participation is the focus of new research Posted 11 January, 2023 by Nina Joynson boys law LGBT Mental Health Participation research young people A new two-year study led by Children...

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Pioneering community project takes next step

...Drummond. Image from Love Letham. children and young people community Participation Wellbeing A brand new initiative, which places the voice of young people at its heart, is looking to appoint...

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State of Children’s Rights report published

...Rights report published Posted 2 March 2022, by Nina Joynson Children's rights Participation third sector UNCRC youth justice The annual State of Children's Rights report, published by Together,...

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Supporting young people in the Scottish justice system

...youth justice system Posted 28 January, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond engagement Participation Support youth justice A new website, launched by the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), is...

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Members’ Forums

...to find out more Looking for more information? Contact our Head of Policy, Projects & Participation David Mackay dmackay@childreninscotland.org.uk Voices Forum Find out more about our forum for Children in Scotland...

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Increasing access to hobbies for children and young people

...as CEO of Parenting across Scotland, Children in Scotland’s former Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, Amy Woodhouse, visited Finland and Iceland with the Churchill Fellowship to explore how these countries are working to increase...


Safer Internet Day 2024: Exploring children’s rights and AI

...called on to provide knowledge of AI systems, policies and ethics, and children’s rights and Participation – Children’s Parliament, the Scottish AI Alliance and The Alan Turing Institute. The three organisations worked together to launch...


Children in Scotland welcomes ban on single use vapes

...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,...


Embedding the principles of The Promise

...Conference, which was held last week, Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, David Mackay, was invited to talk about how we are embedding the principles of The Promise through our work. For those who missed the...


‘Your Voice Matters’: how to support young people during Welcome to Your Vote Week

...& Engagement Officer at the Electoral Commission Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...


Life in Scotland for LGBT Young People: Rural Report

...the Life in Scotland Rural Report 2023 About the author Paul Daly, Interim Senior Policy, Participation and Research Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland Click here for more Life in Scotland Rural Report 2023 Read the full Life in...


2023 highlights: reflecting on a milestone year

...on the previous 12 months, acknowledging challenges and celebrating successes. From launching new Participation projects to creating innovative learning programmes, supporting our growing membership community to championing the inclusion of young...


Looking to the future at the end of our 30th anniversary year

...lives of children, young people and families living in Scotland. Click to find out more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our work Click...


Further phase of national arts funding announced, as Access All Arts report launches

...had helped them to overcome barriers to the arts.  David Mackay, Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, said:  “We are thrilled that Creative Scotland has recognised the important impact that the Access All Arts Fund is having in...


“In a small country where people are well connected, adaptable and aspirational, great changes are possible”

...to and respected the voices of children, not by bringing them to an adult setting, but by funding Participation groups that met in safe, protected spaces, which made it easier for them to express their opinions. For Bairns’ Hoose implementation...


Innovation in school meals in focus, as International School Meals Day 2024 launches

...ISMD website.  A resource pack for schools has been launched, with classroom resources to support Participation.  In preparation for the day, school staff can explore nutrition in a variety of ways, introducing ISMD into curricular areas...


Impact report and animation reveal the benefits of peer research in Participation projects

... Impact report reveals the benefits of peer research in Participation projects 26 Jan 2023 Children in Scotland has published an impact report on evaluation from the Participation through the Pandemic project. The report reveals the...

children and young people pandemic research

New report reveals the experience of young people’s Participation in projects throughout the pandemic

... New report reveals the experience of young people’s Participation in projects throughout the pandemic Monday 6 June 2022 A report launched today reveals key findings from a group of young researchers into the experience of children and...


Young people ‘must be able to help shape life of museums’, Participation project finds

... Young people ‘must be able to help shape life of museums’, Participation project finds 20 January 2022 MEDIA RELEASE Major reforms are needed to make museums more accessible, inclusive and relevant to young people, according to a new...

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Project launched to understand Participation through the pandemic

... New project launched to understand Participation through the pandemic 20 May 2021 Children in Scotland is launching a year-long national peer research project for young people to lead on creating a new understanding of Participation through...


Children's voice at heart of new Participation and engagement guidelines

... Children's voices at heart of new Participation and engagement guidelines 11 September 2019 Children in Scotland has launched refreshed guidelines for the meaningful engagement of children and young people. Originally published in 2017, the...


Amplifying children’s voices across Europe: our Participation staff’s visit to Romania

... Amplifying children’s voices across Europe: our Participation staff’s visit to Romania 12 Nov 2018 Elaine and Jane from our Policy, Projects & Participation Team headed to Romania in October to work with UNICEF staff in the Bucharest...


Landmark Participation project gives children and young people a voice at national level

...Landmark Participation project gives children and young people a voice at national level 27 Jul 2018 Participation isn’t something that can be done once and then crossed off the list. It is an ongoing conversation that will make our society...


Launch of landmark pupil Participation project

... Launch of landmark pupil Participation project Children in Scotland and the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) have launched a landmark engagement project with school-age children to review and refresh the Professional Values...


Wanted: real Participation for young people, not party politics

... Wanted: real Participation for young people, not party politics Following the announcement today that the Prime Minister is seeking to hold a general election on 8 June, Children in Scotland Chief Executive Jackie Brock said: “We...

Election Legislation News Participate Policy Voting age

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

... Children in Scotland announces new Head of Policy, Projects and Participation 3 Oct 2023 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...


Encouraging moves on Participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account

... Encouraging moves on Participation, and a promise to hold parliament to account 11 May 2021 How do the political parties’ pledges compare to our own Manifesto calls? Following the Scottish election, our Policy, Projects & Participation...

Arts calls citizens' assemblies democracy Education Election Learning manifest Participation Policy rights Scottish Government Scottish Parliament

Championing Participation, challenging inequalities and leading the workforce: our key priorities

...Championing Participation, challenging inequalities and leading the workforce: our key priorities Children in Scotland has published its strategic priorities for the next four years, making commitments to champion the needs and voices of children,...

Children News Participate Participation

Listen, learn and act: New magazine calls for "young voices" to shape the children's sector

...discusses Scotland’s housing crisis Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation at Children, David Mackay, shares how children and young people are speaking out on health-harming products Marie Harrison, Senior...


'I give a unique perspective, which enhances the accessibility of the organisation and the services it provides'

...advice and representation for children and families Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...

30th Anniversary

It’s not about right or wrong, but about bringing people together

...training tailored to your organisation’s needs Click here for more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...


Celebration, recognition and connection for the befriending sector

...for its members working in the befriending sector. Find out more Participation and Engagement work Find out more about how we embed the inclusion and Participation of children and young people in our...


Inclusion Ambassadors recognised in international report into inclusive education

...education 1 Nov 2023 The Inclusion Ambassadors were highlighted as a strong example of positive Participation, engagement and pupil voice. The report is the culmination of a study commissioned by the European Association of Service Providers...


Amplifying seldom heard voices: the importance of direct services for children and young people

...such was the vast amount of information we had to share with colleagues from Policy, Projects and Participation, Engagement and Learning and Central Services. I mentioned that I was filled with pride as I listened, and this was in part due to...


An exciting time to be working on children's rights

...asking them about and taking account of their views, ideas, and experiences. Our office has put Participation at the heart of everything we do to make sure children’s views are included and heard at all levels of decision-making. This year,...


Keeping Children in Scotland’s commitment to The Promise

...of Children in Scotland’s expertise – workforce development and children and young people’s Participation and engagement. Our idea is to develop a truly co-produced learning programme for pupil support (click here for more) staff to help...


Promoting positive change: young people give their views on the effects of alcohol marketing in Scotland

...from the Scottish Government about the next steps. David Mackay is a Policy, Projects & Participation Manager at Children in Scotland About the author David Mackay is a Policy, Projects & Participation Manager at...


"Care experienced young people need love, relationships and community. They deserve to belong"

...I would highly recommend reading this report to hear from young people themselves the impact that Participation in these projects has had on them, and the positive impact of delivering these projects to young people has had on the team around...

belonging care care experience home home and belonging homelessness housing Participation rights

‘Transfer of power’ vital in securing positive outcomes for care experienced young people, report finds

...presented by the pandemic, Home and Belonging produced many examples of how a model based on Participation and lived experience can deliver for care experienced young people. “On the back of these findings, we believe there is potential for...

care care experienced home and belonging homelessness Participation rights

Measurement and mission statement: what our new values mean to us
board brave changing our world collaboration collaborative kind members open and fair Participation partnership values

New fund supports 106 young people with additional support needs to access the arts and unlock their creative potential
Arts ASN inclusion Participation young people

Our children and young people's advisory group responds to proposals for Human Rights Act reform

...we will monitor the next steps taken by the UK Government. Parisa Shirazi is Policy, Projects and Participation Officer at Children in Scotland Share this Changing our World Our children and...

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Open door policy: Supporting the museums sector to engage with a younger audience

...responsibility of learning departments. The structure, planning and funding models do not support Participation and engagement with decisions about programming made in advance and engagement focused on numbers rather than relationships.   Living...

Arts engagement living museums Participation

Young people explore employment through the ages in new exhibition

...today at Dumfries Museum today (28 September) as part of Children in Scotland’s Living Museums Participation project, which aims to make museums more accessible to young people and more reflective of their experiences. Funded by the National...

heritage living museums Participation

Challenges of mental health and lockdown explored in Perth Living Museums exhibition

...exhibition 6 September 2021 A new exhibition from young people involved in our Living Museums Participation project has opened at Perth Museum. Members of the Perth project group marked the launch of Our Lockdown Journey: Facing the Unknown...

accessibility heritage living museums lockdown Mental Health museums pandemic Participation

Young people celebrate launch of Living Museums Stirling exhibition on theme of protest

...on theme of protest 20 August 2021 Young people taking part in our culture and heritage Participation project Living Museums celebrated the opening of a new exhibition showcasing their work this week. On Tuesday evening, the group were...

heritage living museums museums Participation protest

Radical wellbeing-focused redesign of Scottish Government budget key to post-Covid renewal
budget budget process carnegie cattanach coronavirus covid dr katherine trebeck outcomes Participation radical systems change transparency Wellbeing wellbeing budgeting wellbeing budgets

Launch of Young People’s Manifesto helps make political ideas more accessible for all

...to all. Launching the new Manifesto, Parisa Shirazi, Children in Scotland’s Policy, Projects and Participation Officer said: “Children in Scotland’s Manifesto for 2021-26 was developed over 18 months with input from our members, our children...

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Inclusion Ambassadors share experiences of school after lockdown

...lack of consistent, appropriate support. Elaine Kerridge, Children in Scotland’s Policy Manager (Participation), who manages the Inclusion Ambassadors project said: “We wanted to get a sense of how the young people felt things were going with...

additional support for learning ASL ASN Education inclusion Participation

Funding, rights, travel and trade top concerns for young people in Scotland’s post-Brexit relationship with Europe

...of calls about Scotland and the UK’s future relationship with Europe as part of a landmark Participation project. The Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe today publishes its report Young Brexit Voices: It’s Our Future Too,...

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Young people to lead new Living Museums project

...in Scotland is recruiting a group of 10-15 young people to get involved in the new Participation project. Living Museums aims to improve access to museums for young people and share their perspectives on important experiences,...

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Damage to environment children's key concern in new Crown Estate report

...and partnering with children and young people-focused organisations.  Jane Miller, Policy and Participation Officer, who led the project alongside Elaine Kerridge, Policy Manger (Participation & Engagement), said: “Through this work...

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New phase of Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe will ensure young voices are heard in Brexit negotiations

...as part of Brexit negotiations with Westminster and the European Union as part of a landmark Participation project. The Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe, initiated by Children in Scotland and independently led by the charity in...

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"We're not doing well enough on child mental health," First Minister tells young people from across Scotland

...powerful politician. As part of the legacy of Year of Young People we want to ensure that youth Participation at both national and local level is embedded into the decision process for government, parliament and councils.” Zander, a member of...

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Kindness and fairness ‘key to excellent teaching’, children say

...this better? They are not too proud to say they got it wrong.” Elaine Kerridge, Policy Manager (Participation and Engagement) at Children in Scotland, said: “We very much welcome the GTCS placing children’s voices and perspectives on...

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First Minister challenged by young people on mental health support and Brexit aftermath

...to account. The project, funded by Scottish Government as part of YOYP 2018, builds on the current Participation work of national charity Children in Scotland and the national agency for youth work, YouthLink Scotland. The Question Time events are...

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Celebrate young voters’ impact – and listen to them on Brexit

...to the UK General Election result. As an organisation that has always championed young people’s Participation, today we celebrate the fact that an estimated 72% of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote in the UK General Election. Whichever party...

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David Yule

... David Yule Policy, Projects and Participation Officer David joined Children in Scotland as Policy, Projects and Participation Officer in January 2024. Before joining Children in Scotland, he worked as a Participation officer at the Scottish Youth...

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Susie Dalton

... Susie Dalton Participation and Communications Office - My Rights, My Say Susie joined My Rights, My Say as Participation and Communications Officer in December 2023. She is involved in establishing and developing a new young people’s advisory...

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... Our work 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...


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ASL Inquiry Education, Children and Young People Committee

...you want to discuss any of these resources, please contact Chris Ross, Policy, Projects and Participation Manager, cross@childreninscotland.org.uk This page will be updated regularly with new evidence and resources. We would be really...


Our history

...over this period was in the charity’s championing of children and young people’s rights and Participation. In parallel, partnership work saw strides made towards UNCRC incorporation and a more sincere approach to the involvement of children...


Gifts in Wills

...to our network and membership, and shaped Scottish legislation through our policy, projects and Participation work. Through the core of all this work run the voices of children and young people.  Click here to read our Manifesto  Click here...



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Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for families and Participation to give children the best start
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... Call 17: Prioritise integration, support for families and Participation to give children the best start By Sally Cavers and Anthony O'Malley The early years are a collective responsibility Scotland is fully signed up to the importance of...


Call 18: Take the next step in Participation and food education: give communities the keys to school kitchens
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... Call 18: Take the next step in Participation and food education: give communities the keys to school kitchens By Donna Borokinni I've been working in the Glasgow community since 2005 and over the last five years I've observed food poverty...


CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture - Policy and Participation Officer
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... Back CHANGE: Childcare and Nurture Glasgow East - Policy and Participation Officer Full time (fixed term until 30 September 2019) £23,697 -  £29,445 Glasgow and Edinburgh We have BIG Lottery funding until the end of September...


Consultation Response: Public Participation at the Scottish Parliament (July 2022)
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...Children in Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament's inquiry on Public Participation at the Scottish...


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What is Participation?
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... What is quality, meaningful Participation & engagement? The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is based on four principles of: non-discrimination, in the best interest of the child, children’s views and their right to...


Insight – Issue 5
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...discusses Scotland’s housing crisis Children in Scotland’s Head of Policy, Projects and Participation, David Mackay, shares how children and young people are speaking out on health-harming products Marie Harrison, Senior Policy Officer...


Member Insight Blog: Latest
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...in Scotland for LGBT Young People Paul Daly is Interim Senior Policy, Participation and Research Manager at LGBT Youth Scotland Click here for more Make cyber security fun for...


Animation project shares experiences of the legal system
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...the legal needs of children and young people in conflict with the law, providing attendees to the Participation groups Youth Just Us (click here for more) and Inside Out (click here for more) with the opportunity to explore the issues more...

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Record number of young Scots on positive career paths
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...already following on a positive career path From April 1 2022 to March 31 2023, the Annual Participation Measure (APM) showed the highest rate of Participation since 2016, including a rise in young adult employment figures from 17.5% last...

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Engaging marginalised young men
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... Magazine / News: Young men's mental health and Participation is the focus of new research Posted 11 January, 2023 by Nina Joynson boys law LGBT Mental Health Participation research young people A new two-year study led by Children...

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Pioneering community project takes next step
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...Drummond. Image from Love Letham. children and young people community Participation Wellbeing A brand new initiative, which places the voice of young people at its heart, is looking to appoint...

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State of Children’s Rights report published
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...Rights report published Posted 2 March 2022, by Nina Joynson Children's rights Participation third sector UNCRC youth justice The annual State of Children's Rights report, published by Together,...

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Supporting young people in the Scottish justice system
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...youth justice system Posted 28 January, 2022 by Jennifer Drummond engagement Participation Support youth justice A new website, launched by the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ), is...

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Members’ Forums
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...to find out more Looking for more information? Contact our Head of Policy, Projects & Participation David Mackay dmackay@childreninscotland.org.uk Voices Forum Find out more about our forum for Children in Scotland...

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