Young Advisers

The logo for our Young Advisers.

We work to make a difference to you. You can make a difference to our work.

As a Young Adviser, you’ll be part of a group of 14-16-year-olds who protect and promote human rights.

Together, you’ll impact all the work we do— helping us be fierce champions for other young people like you.

Making a difference

Our group of Young Advisers plays an important part in what we do by volunteering their knowledge of what it's like to be a young person in Scotland today.

As 14-16-year-olds, you'll be experts in what it's like to be young in a way that no adult could be. You'll be able to point out when we're thinking about your lives in the wrong way, and tell us how to change to be better at helping you.

Some of what you'll be involved in is:

  • informing our Strategic Plan— which sets out what we'll focus on for four years,
  • making sure young people are involved in how our office runs and operates, and
  • planning our annual event where young people feed back on our work as an office.

What it involves

You'll be part of five or six group events a year: three with all our Young Advisers, and two or three in more specialist groups.

We'll arrange meetings at times that suit everyone – like evenings or weekends – and we'll always provide refreshments.

Three times a year you’ll take part in whole group meetings with other Young Advisers, and two or three specialist meetings in smaller groups. Meetings will be arranged at times that suit everyone – such as after 4, or at weekends – and we’ll always provide refreshments.

Members of the Commissioner’s team will support you throughout the project.

You’ll need to be able to take part between April 2019 and April 2020 with an option to extend until April 2021. You’ll also need to be able to travel to meetings in Edinburgh, and we’ll pay any travel costs.

Who can take part

Every 14, 15 and 16-year-old in Scotland can apply to be a young adviser. The deadline for applications is Monday 8 April at 10pm.

How to apply

There are a few ways you can apply, which are listed below.

We’ll look at all the applications we get and get back to everyone who applies. If you’re shortlisted to be a Young Adviser, we’ll contact you for a follow-up call by phone, Skype or Facetime.

By online form

You can fill out a short form on our website to apply to be a Young Adviser.

By email

You can email us at [email protected] with your name, the Local Authority Area you live, and your answers to these questions:

  1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Things you might want to share with us: times when you've given your opinion, issues that you're passionate about and why you're applying. if you would prefer to do this as an audio or video piece you can— just include the link when you apply.
  2. What is the most important issue facing young people today?
  3. Do you volunteer with another organisation? If you do, who are they, and what does your volunteering involve?

Another way

If you want to apply but aren't comfortable using the form or email, you can get in touch with us to work out a different way to apply in one of the ways listed below.

I’m having some problems applying

If you’re having any problems applying – or if you’re unsure about applying for any reason – you can contact us for help:

Our social media is monitored between 9 and 5 on weekdays, so we won't be able to get back to you outside these hours.

Your privacy

We’ll keep the personal information you send us in your application private, unless you tell us something which makes us think you are in danger.

And we won’t use your personal information for anything other than this project.

If you want to know about how we handle personal information, our privacy policy explains what we do in detail.