ENYA: Participating across Europe

Illustration of our ENYA ambassadors beside one of Scotland's recommendations: stop blocking websites that can help us at school.

The Commissioner’s office supports ENYA, the European Network of Young Advisers.

ENYA was created by ENOC, a Europe-wide network of Children’s Commissioners from countries both outside and inside the European Union. Each year, ENOC holds a conference on a particular children’s rights issue. ENYA allows young people to have their say on this issue in a meaningful and effective way, giving them the opportunity to:

  • express their concerns and points of views regarding their rights,
  • make their proposals heard, and
  • participate in drawing up common recommendations.

ENYA in 2019

This year's theme for ENYA and ENOC is children's rights in the digital environment. We've worked with over 20 young people from across Scotland to come up with three recommendations on how these can be better respected in countries across Europe. We then worked with them to create three short videos explaining them.

The young people's recommendations were:

More understanding of how poverty impacts internet access

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Stop blocking websites that can help us at school

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More support when bad things happen online

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Travelling to the ENYA Forum

Two of our group of young people – Beccie and Matthew – travelled to Brussels in June to present the videos and help create a joint statement with young people from across Europe. This will influence the statement on digital rights by the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children, which will meet in Northern Ireland in September 2019.

Here's a summary of what young people recommended:

ENYA in previous years