Census figures show SYP’s membership continues to be representative of Scotland’s young people

12 July 2017

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Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office

 

For Immediate Release

 

 

Census figures show SYP’s membership continues
to be representative of Scotland’s young people

 

Census information recently published by the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) suggests that its new membership for 2017-19 is not only diverse, but largely representative of Scotland’s young people.

The census, which was taken at the 63rd national Sitting on 24th-25th June in West Dunbartonshire – the first Sitting for the newly-elected Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) – has shown that 29 percent of MSYPs identify with a sexuality other than heterosexual. According to statistics released by the Scottish Government in 2016, 26.4 percent of 16-24-year-olds identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other[1].

The census has also revealed that more than 14 percent of MSYPs are non-white.

Other key findings include that 14.5 percent of MSYPs consider themselves to have a disability, and over ten percent have an experience of care, which is significantly higher than national figures for Scotland’s young people[2].

The Scottish Youth Parliament’s Chair, Amy Lee Fraioli, said: “I’m encouraged to see that the recent census shows SYP continues to be representative of the young people living in Scotland today. In order to fairly represent the views and issues affecting Scotland’s youth, we need diversity in our membership, and with so many MSYPs coming to us from all walks of life I’m very confident we’ll be able to continue to do so.

“All too often, the rights of young people are infringed upon – particularly in more vulnerable sections of society such as the disabled, LGBTQI+, and ethnic minorities. With young people’s rights being the focus of SYP’s next campaign, I am confident our new and diverse membership will be able to speak on the behalf of underrepresented groups of society, to ensure their voices are heard by those in positions of power.”

 

Notes to editor

1.    All media enquiries to Karen Keith, Communications Officer,

07729 487627/ 0131 557 0452

2.    The Scottish Youth Parliament is democratically elected voice of Scotland’s young people. Their vision for Scotland is of a nation that actively listens to and values the meaningful participation of its children and young people.  SYP is grounded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Article 12, which lays out young people’s right to be listened to on the issues that affect them, and for their views to be given weight. 

3.    The Scottish Youth Parliament focuses on a national campaign each year, chosen by the membership at the June Sitting. The current campaign will be on young people’s rights, and is currently in the planning stages. The official campaign will be launched in October at the 64th national Sitting in the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh.



[1] Scottish Surveys Core Questions (http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0050/00500401.pdf)

[2] Two percent of children on Scotland were recorded as being looked after by local authorities or on the child protection register as of 31st July, 2016 (www.whocaresscotland.org.uk/who-we-are/media-centre/statistics)