A rights-based approach for our young people

07 September 2017



Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office


For Immediate Release


A rights-based approach for our young people


A human rights based approach for the protection of young people moved a step closer this week in a meeting at the Scottish Parliament.

Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse met with The Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland, Bruce Adamson, and Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP, to discuss the ongoing protection of children and young people in Scotland.

Central to the discussions was the topic of the installed ‘mosquito device’ within Hamilton Central train station.
 The device has received widespread condemnation from the Youth Parliament, who argue the devices breach the human rights of young people. 

In agreement, Local MSP Christina McKelvie supported the Youth Parliament’s campaign to ban the devices, as well as advocating for a stronger working relationship between the parliaments.

Commenting, Christina said: “The Scottish Youth Parliament and the Children and Young People's Commissioner are at the forefront in the protection of the rights of the child in Scotland. 

“Central to our discussions was the ‘mosquito device’ at Hamilton Central train station -  which I have been a vocal opponent of the device. The Youth Parliament has done great work in calling for the ‘mosquito device’ to be banned and I am happy to strongly support their campaign.

“The recent Programme for Government has reaffirmed the Scottish Government’s commitment to human rights and the rights of the child. I look forward to continuing this close relationship with the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Children and Young People's Commissioner as we entrench further the protections and human rights of our young people”

Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), Amy Lee Fraioli, said:
“As Chair of SYP, I was delighted for the opportunity to meet with Ms McKelvie alongside Mr Adamson to discuss the use of mosquito devices, which are essentially torture devices targeting those aged 25 and under.

“Taking such measures in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour does nothing to address the root cause of the problem. All it does is send a message to all young people that their presence in a public space is not welcome. This is neither helpful, nor constructive.

“I’d like to thank Ms McKelvie for supporting our call for these devices to be banned, and I look forward to SYP and the Scottish Government continuing to work together to ensure that the rights of all of Scotland’s young people are respected, and upheld.”

Children and Young People's Commissioner for Scotland, Bruce Adamson, added: "The use of Mosquito devices to disperse children and young people from our public spaces is disproportionate and degrading and is a breach of their human rights.

“I fully support the Scottish Youth Parliament’s campaign to have the Mosquito banned in Scotland and I’m pleased that Ms McKelvie has lent her public support to this.

“Amy Lee Fraioli and her peers at SYP are taking on this issue with passion and commitment and the Scottish Government and our public bodies need to listen to them and, more importantly, act upon the views of Scotland's children and young people."



Notes to Editors


1. About The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP)


2. SYP represents Scotland’s young people, aged 12 to 25.  Our vision for Scotland is of a nation that actively listens to and values the meaningful participation of its children and young people.  Our goal is to make this vision a reality, in order to ensure Scotland is the best place in the world to grow up.


3. SYP is a fundamentally rights-based organisation, and our mission, vision, and values are grounded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).  In particular, our purpose embodies Article 12: that young people have the right to express their views freely and have their opinions listened to in all matters affecting them.


4. More information about SYP is available at www.syp.org.uk