Launch of Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe’s report
Date: 10th December 2020
Category: Funding, Education, Leisure and Cultural Activities, Civil Rights and Freedoms
The Panel launched its new report - ‘Young Brexit Voices: It’s Our Future Too’ – on 9th December 2020. It looks at what impact leaving the EU might have on children and young people and sets out their recommendations for what needs to happen next.
The Panel is made up of 19 members aged 9-19, all of whom were too young to vote in the 2016 referendum. The project is supported by Together and Children in Scotland.
The report builds upon the Panel’s first publication (2019) to make a range of recommendations to decision-makers across four topics, including:
- Youth services should retain the same level of funding as they currently do from the EU through replacement support
- Current spending levels on health and science research must continue or increase post-Brexit, with funding assured for research and infrastructure.
- Children’s rights to education and health, as set out in the UNCRC, must be met and strengthened after the UK leaves the EU.
- Information should be provided to support children and young people to learn about politics and big decisions like Brexit so they can form their own opinions, influence decisions and have their voices heard.
Opportunities to Work, Study and Travel
- Accessible, child-friendly information is urgently required about changes in this area from 1st January 2021.
Economy, trade and jobs
- The minimum wage should be increased to the same level for all.
- High standards need to be maintained in trade, particularly in relation to quality of imported food.
Read the report in full here.
Watch the Panel’s video here.
Find out more about the Panel here.