Third annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people
In one of the highlights of the Cabinet calendar, I had the pleasure of meeting once more with 14 exceptional children and young people – seven Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and seven Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) – at our third annual Cabinet meeting with children and young people in March. MCPs and MSYPs represented the views of their peers at this meeting.
This meeting demonstrates our government’s commitment to hearing directly from children and young people on issues which affect their lives and to collectively agree actions for the coming year.
It was a fantastic opportunity for us to further engage with children and young people at a national level, ensuring they can have their say and be at the heart of decisions which affect them.
Bullying, meaningful participation of children and young people, public transport, poverty and relationships with teachers were just some of the topics covered by our discussions in March.
As a result of this meeting I am delighted to announce that we have agreed a total of 18 actions, which we will take forward in partnership over the course of the year. We will report on progress towards these actions during the year, including publishing a final progress report prior to next year’s meeting. To view the 18 actions and our new film about the meeting, please click here.
This year is the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and I am delighted that action 18 details our commitment to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots Law. On 22nd May, we launched our consultation on exactly how to achieve this. The consultation runs until 14th August and we are keen to gather as many views as possible from experts in the field, children, young people, families and public authorities on the best way to incorporate the UNCRC. Click here to have your say.
We hope to build on last year’s incredible YoYP, strengthening the voices of children and young people in all of the decisions that we make, and bringing us closer to our ambition for Scotland to be the best place for children and young people to grow up