I am delighted to publish our progress report on the actions agreed at our first annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people, which took place on 28 February 2017 at Bute House.
Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and Scottish Youth Parliament attended this meeting and raised issues that were important to them.
A short film, co-produced by the children, highlighted school and teachers, feeling safe in the community, bullying, and what children need as areas to be discussed.
On the young people’s agenda were “Lead the Way” (Scottish Youth Parliament manifesto), children and young people’s rights, “Speak Your Mind” campaign (on mental health), and the future of Scotland’s relationship with Europe.
At the end of the meeting, Cabinet members and children and young people collectively agreed actions for the year ahead. These actions have been taken forward by relevant Scottish Government policy teams over the past year. The report sets out our progress on these actions. We have also developed a children and young people’s summary.
The purpose of the annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people is to support the development of a more coordinated, systematic and sustainable approach to engaging with children and young people, enabling them to lead discussions by raising issues that matter to them and to inform the government’s agenda over the coming year.
Agreed actions from the previous event will be reviewed at the meeting of Cabinet Ministers with children and young people the following year. This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that children and young people are at the heart of decisions that affect them, as set out in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
We are committed to meaningfully and credibly engaging with children and young people at a national level and ensuring they are at the heart of decisions which affect them, with the aim of improving policy development and implementation.
Access the reports here:
- Actions Agreed at the Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People – 28 February 2017 – Progress Report
- Actions Agreed at the Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People – 28 February 2017 – Progress Report (Children and Young People’s Summary)