Together and Children in Scotland launch Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe

Date: 25th July 2018
Category: Respect for the views of the child

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Together is working in partnership with Children in Scotland to set up a Children and Young People's Panel on Europe which will provide advice to the Scottish Government on issues related to Brexit.

Following similar initiatives in Wales and Northern Ireland, the aim of the Panel is to ensure that the right of children and young people to have their voices heard in decisions that affect them is fulfilled during the Brexit process.

The Panel will bring together a group of children and young people to talk about the main issues for children and young people in relation to leaving the European Union. The group will provide advice and insight to Michael Russell MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations. The Panel will also develop resources to provide information to children and young people about Brexit and what it means for them.

Twenty children and young people between the ages of 8 and 18 will be invited to join the Panel after the selection day, which will be held on Tuesday 7th August 2018.

Together is supporting Children in Scotland with the engagement work throughout the project. We will also be undertaking a literature review on what children and young people have said about Brexit. This follows on from Together's previous work on Brexit which has included working with partners across the UK to produce a range of briefings and publications on children's rights issues to inform debates and discussions in the Scottish Parliament, House of Commons and House of Lords.

Applications for the Panel are now open.