Improving Advocacy for Children & Young People

Date: 5th January 2012
Category: Respect for the views of the child

The Scottish Government is consulting on how to ensure that every child and young person has their voice heard in decisions that affect them.

As well as seeking the views of interested organisations and individuals, they are also keen to hear directly from children and young people.

In order to make this as easy as possible, Scottish Government has developed a set of consultation materials and notes for facilitators which can be used by workers when they are discussing the proposals with the young people they work with. A copy of the materials can be accessed here.

The materials provide a structure which Scottish Government would encourage organisations to use when engaging the children and young people that they work with. That said, organisations should feel free to adapt the materials to meet the needs of individual children and young people and different groups where necessary.

Scottish Government will be holding a short workshop on the afternoon of 26 January in central Edinburgh which will focus specifically on the participation of children and young people in the consultation.

The session will provide them with an opportunity to share the thinking behind the development of the Scottish Government consultation materials. It will also provide organisations with an opportunity to exchange ideas and examples of best practice for engaging children and young people.

To book a space at the workshop, please register your interest here.