Equally Safe is Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls. As part of the strategy, SYP, along with partner organisations, are collaborating on a joint project to ensure the meaningful engagement and participation of children and young people in the strategy’s implementation.
The project involves a number of partners, including Barnardo’s, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid, The University of Edinburgh (School of Social and Political Science), and the Scottish Youth Parliament.
The Scottish Government recently released a consultation on a draft delivery plan for the strategy (2017-21), and all partners will be consulting with children and young people to investigate views on its content and implementation. This consultation will deliver direct engagement with children and young people’s views on their priorities for action and the content of the draft plan through three key themes:
Gender equality and societal attitudes.
Improving responses and services.
Justice for children and young people
SYP will develop a Scotland-wide survey focusing on the strand related to gender equality and societal attitudes. This survey will be created by and for young people and facilitated across Local Authority areas by MSYPs.
To support this theme Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) will deliver a series of focus groups with children and young people, and SYP will work closely with RCS to develop the questions in line with their focus group sessions. This will enable us to gather views on this universal strand from a wide range of children and young people all over Scotland.
Barnardo’s will coordinate a series of bespoke focus groups and one-to-one activities on service responses with children and young people, and Scottish Women’s Aid will be delivering focus groups and one-to-one activities with children and young people appropriately experienced in Justice responses to gender violence and abuse.
The Equally Safe draft delivery plan, which sets out actions to implement the Strategy, is currently out for public consultation, and our partnership work is expected to feed into its final draft:
SYP’s survey is currently in development, and will be published on this page as soon as it is available – be sure to check back!