Children’s Parliament releases Alcohol-free childhood consultation film and report

Date: 7th October 2019
Category: Basic Health and Welfare, Respect for the views of the child, Right to life, survival and development

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The video and the report capture children’s views on the impact of alcohol on their lives and the vision of an alcohol-free childhood. 

These resources result from a consultation conducted by Children’s Parliament between April-September 2019. The consultation involved a group of primary-school-age children from Edinburgh and was guided by four key questions:

  • How does alcohol impact on children’s lives?
  • What does an alcohol-free childhood mean?
  • What would it be like to have an alcohol-free childhood?
  • What should be done so that children have an alcohol-free childhood?

Data on the impact of alcohol is categorised across four areas: alcohol at home, in the community, in branding and advertising, and in shops and other businesses.

This consultation sits within a commitment – expressed in Scottish Government’s Alcohol Framework 2018: Preventing Harm – to put the voices of children and young people at the heart of developing preventative measures on alcohol-related harm.

The film and report were launched at a parliamentary reception on Thursday 19th September hosted by Monica Lennon MSP and with attendance of the Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP and Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People.