Young People's Rights Review

Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) used their democratic mandate to defend young people’s rights on a national platform at the Young People’s Rights Review in Edinburgh on Wednesday 18th April, 2018.

Funded by the Scottish Government, the event – which was held in Dynamic Earth in the capital – was a chance for the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) to ensure young people’s voices are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People Rights Action Plan, which is due to be published later this year.


Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd MSP, with Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament at the Young People's Rights Review in Edinburgh on 18th April 2018.


The event, inspired by the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations, was attended by MSYPs from across the length and breadth of Scotland, and saw the young people prepare to make their case on a particular rights-based issue through a series of workshopsMSYPs used UN recommendations to back up their own consultation-based calls to the Scottish Government – linking local, national and international human rights monitoring in a unique way as human rights defenders.

The morning’s workshops were delivered by experts from leading rights-based organisations, including Alan Miller (Special Envoy, Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions and Chair of the First Minister’s Expert Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership), Andy Sirel, (Associate at JustRight Scotland), Megan Farr, Policy Officer from the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, and the Scottish Government's Adverse Childhood Experiences team.

In the afternoon, five Scottish Ministers, around 30 Scottish Government officials, and three Cabinet Secretaries - including the Minister for Childcare and Early Years, Maree Todd MSP – took to their seats to listen to speeches, with an opportunity to grill the young speakers on the topics covered, which included mental health, LGBT+ discrimination, poverty-related attainment gap, and the minimum living wage.

Through this co-production and participation, MSYPs will help to hold the Scottish Government to account for their young people’s rights obligations – a key part of the human rights based approach to policy-making.

Watch SYP's video report from the Young People's Rights Review below.


A summary of the MSYPs' recommendations to the Scottish Government is available to view here (an easy-read version can be downloaded here).

To check out the speeches delivered by the participating MSYPs in their respective regions, click on the videos below (written versions of speeches can be viewed by clicking on the MSYPs' names).


Highlands and Islands


Craig MacAulay MSYP (Inverness and Nairn) on mental health. [Easy-read speech available here]


Calum MacArthur MSYP (Orkney Islands) on mental health. [Easy-read speech available here]


Jack Norquoy MSYP (Orkney Islands) on Brexit. [Easy-read speech available here]


North East Scotland


Jack Brady MSYP (Dundee East) on bullying. [Easy-read speech available here]


Emily Harle MSYP (Angus South) on mental health. [Easy-read speech available here]


Josh Macrae MSYP (Aberdeenshire East) on political participation. [Easy-read speech available here]


Glasgow and Central Scotland


Robbie Burgess MSYP (Falkirk West) on bullying. [Easy-read speech available here]


Khaled Emkidh MSYP (Glasgow Kelvin) on support for refugees. [Easy-read speech available here]


Chloe Carmichael MSYP (East Kilbride) on feminine hygiene products. [Easy-read speech available here]


Reece Harding MSYP (Clydesdale) on the equal pay for equal work. [Easy-read speech available here]


Lewis O'Neill MSYP (Glasgow Shettleston) on 'mosquito' devices. [Easy-read speech available here]


National Voluntary Organisations


Fatima Bari MSYP (Federation of Student Islamic Societies) on Islamophobia. [Easy-read speech available here]


Lauren Baigrie MSYP (Carers Trust Scotland) on financial support for young and young adult carers in employment and education. [Easy-read speech available here]


Claire Forde MSYP (Haggeye) on disability and independence. [Easy-read speech available here]


Logan Fraser MSYP (Scouts Scotland) on outdoor learning. [Easy-read speech available here]


Rebecca Craig MSYP (Church of Scotland) on freedom of speech. [Easy-read speech available here]


Rory Smith MSYP (Scripture Scotland) on freedom of speech. [Easy-read speech available here]


Ryan McShane MSYP (Who Cares? Scotland) on love and relationships for care-experienced young people. [Easy-read speech available here]


West Scotland


Cadely Paton MSYP (Cunninghame North) on the right to play. [Easy-read speech available here]


Jack Dudgeon MSYP (Eastwood) on climate change. [Easy-read speech available here]


Josh Kennedy MSYP (Renfrewshire North) on physical punishment. [Easy-read speech available here]


South Scotland


Sanna Aziz MSYP (Midlothian South, Tweedale and Lauderdale) on education. [Easy-read speech available here]


Derry Moore MSYP (Dumfriesshire) on empowering rights awareness. [Easy-read speech available here]


Mid Scotland and Fife


Bailey-Lee Robb MSYP (Cowdenbeath) on punishment in schools. [Easy-read speech available here]


Angus MacDonald MSYP (Stirling) on mental health. [Easy-read speech available here]




John Walker MSYP (Almond Valley) on LGBT bullying in schools. [Easy-read speech available here]


Adam Paton MSYP (Edinburgh Southern) on unfair access to shops. [Easy-read speech available here]