The Action Project – Young People’s Big Ideas

Date: 25th March 2021
Category: Respect for the views of the child

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The Scottish Youth Parliament has been identifying young people’s big ideas as part of The Action Project, hosted by David Hume Institute.

The Action Project has been supporting children across Scotland to think about what Scotland needs to become more ‘prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair.’ As part of this project, the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) used its 2016-21 manifesto to determine the Big Ideas that would feature. A mass consultation returned 42 big ideas, which have now been shortlisted by MSYPs.

The resulting five big ideas cover the following themes:

  • Mandatory mental health training
  • Housing first
  • Protecting youth work
  • Listening to seldom heard voices
  • Sustainable packaging and recycling

The report also shares:

  • Why these ideas are important in Scotland today
  • Quotes from young people who would benefit directly from them
  • An explanation of why SYP Conveners and Deputy Conveners felt they were important
  • A breakdown of what’s happening now, and suggested actions for the future

To read the report and find out more information on how these five big ideas were chosen, click here.