Freedom of information

You have the right to ask for and be given the information we hold, unless we can give you a good reason for not providing you with it. Freedom of information is about making sure this happens.

How do I make a freedom of information request?

You can ask to see any information we hold by making a request in a form that leaves a record. That includes any written request— by letter, email or through social media. Your request must include:

  • your full name (usually a first name or initial, and a surname),
  • contact details so that we can respond (an email address will do),
  • a description of the information you would like us to provide.

You don’t have to tell us why you want the information or what you’re planning to do with it.

You can send your request to us by email, Twitter or Facebook, or by post to:

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland
Bridgeside House
99 McDonald Road

How long will it take to answer my request?

We’ll acknowledge your request once we get it and must respond within 20 working days.

What laws around freedom of information does the Commissioner have to comply with?

The Commissioner has to comply with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Our publication scheme

We publish a lot of information about our work on our website in nine separate classes, as set out in our publication scheme which takes the form of the Scottish Information Commissioner’s Model Publication Scheme.

This is a guide to information which:

  • allows you to see what information is available in each class,
  • explains how to find information easily,
  • says how much it might cost to access information that isn’t available online,
  • provides contact details for enquiries and getting help with accessing information, and
  • explains how to request information that we hold that has not been published.

Find out more

The Scottish Information Commissioner has information on their website that can help answer your questions about Freedom of Information.

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