Children and young people help Commissioner plan ahead


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Children’s Commissioner Nicola Killean is urging children and young people across the country to tell her about the issues that matter to them to shape her office’s work. 

The Commissioner celebrated World Children’s Day today at two national online assemblies, where children and young people shared their ideas and learned more about their human rights.  

Their voices will be at the heart of the Commissioner’s four-year plan to promote and protect children’s rights.  

At the assemblies, the Commissioner launched a resource pack to support adults help groups of children and young people take part in shaping her plan. The pack includes videos, activities and presentations to help children consider the six questions the Commissioner is asking.  

Commissioner Nicola Killean said: “Our work must be guided and shaped by children and young people. I never forget that they are my boss, and with one million children in Scotland, that’s a lot of bosses! 

“One of the first things I must do as Commissioner is tell the Scottish Parliament what I will be working on for the next four years, and how I’ll be doing that work. 

“Part of my job as Commissioner is to involve children and young people in my work and I’m asking for their help right now in creating my new plan. I want to find out about the issues that matter to them and how my office should work for them. 

“Today’s assemblies were a fantastic way to start and whatever children say, I will be listening.  

“Over the next couple of months, we will be travelling across Scotland to work with children and young people face-to-face, paying particular attention to groups whose rights are most at risk. 

“I’m so excited to hear what children in Scotland have to say.” 

The assemblies – one for primary and one for secondary – were held with e-Sgoil, an online platform for teaching and learning. Children explored their rights, found out more about the Commissioner’s job and how they can be involved in helping create her four-year plan.   

Primary 6 pupil Mirabelle, 10, from Edinburgh, co-hosted the primary assembly. She said: “It was really, really good that we were able to get people involved today at the assembly with things like the quiz. It was really exciting to host it with Nicola.” 

Rennie, 16, from Blairgowrie, Perthshire, co-hosted the secondary assembly. She said: “Hosting the live assembly was nerve-wracking but fun. It was a big conversation about rights and it was great to see people from all across Scotland telling us what they thought.”

It was the first in a series of opportunities to come together to explore rights online with the Commissioner. Children and young people can also take part in shaping the plan in person in schools and other settings across Scotland.  

The Commissioner and her team will be gathering children’s views via an online survey and by delivering in-person sessions between now and January 2024 to inform the Strategic Plan. 

Notes to Editors

  • For more information on the Children’s Commissioner’s Strategic Plan engagement, visit Your Rights, Our Plan resource.
  • For further information on Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland visit the website at www.cypcs.org.uk. The Commissioner’s remit is to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people, with particular emphasis on the rights set out in the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Commissioner monitors the law, policy and practice for effectiveness in relation to the rights of children and young people and promotes best practice by service providers working with children.   
  • For more information about e-Sgoil, visit www.e-sgoil.com 
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