Children and young people take part in third historic meeting with the Scottish Cabinet

06 March 2019

Children and young people take part in third historic meeting with the Scottish Cabinet

Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) met with the full Scottish Cabinet yesterday, Tuesday 5 March, marking the third time that such a historic meeting has taken place.

The Scottish Government has committed to hear directly from children and young people on issues which affect their lives and to collectively agree actions for the coming year in relation to their human rights and wellbeing.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

The "Cabinet meeting is a great opportunity to further engage with our children and young people at a national level, ensuring they can have their say and be at the heart of decisions which affect them.

“We want Scotland to be the best place for children to grow up. The Children’s Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament do great work in helping our children and young people to confidently express their views and have a real influence on the issues that matter most to them.”

The First Minister, Deputy First Minister John Swinney and all Cabinet Ministers welcomed seven Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and seven Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) to Bute House on Tuesday 5 March.

MSYPs spoke to Ministers about their national campaign on public transport, All Aboard, a rights-based approach to Adverse Childhood Experiences, their campaign for free music tuition in schools, and about the case for a full ban on “mosquito” Devices. They also restated their call to Ministers to commit to the full incorporation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the current parliamentary term.

Chair of SYP, Suki Wan MSYP, said:

“We were delighted to have met with the Scottish Cabinet again to discuss ways in which children and young people can be more involved in the decision-making progress. It is great to work with a Government so committed to the meaningful participation of children and young people in decisions that affect them.

“We thank the Scottish Government for their continued support of SYP and look forward to seeing what can be achieved over the course of the next 12 months in the name of children and young people.”

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