ENYA: Young people in Scotland bringing their voices to Europe

A young person stands in front of a brightly coloured image of Europe.

Young people in Scotland will be telling the powerful what needs to change at an event from a network of Children’s Commissioners this weekend.

As part of the European Network of Young Advisors (ENYA), they’ll work to create a series of recommendations for the European Network of Ombudspersons for Children (ENOC).

ENYA meets each year to give recommendations like these to ENOC before ENOC holds its annual conference in November. The recommendations are focused on the topic of the annual conference― and this year, the theme is Child Rights Impact Assessments.


ENOC is a network which includes Children’s Commissioners and Children’s Ombudspersons, who all promote and protect children’s rights as laid out in the UNCRC. There are representatives from 34 member countries who come together to share information and strategies.

As a member of the Network we take part in an annual programme that includes seminars, an annual conference, position papers and participation.


Adults in power often make decisions that affect people― such as laws and policies. When they do this, they don’t always think about the impact these decisions will have on children and young people.

A Children’s Rights Impact Assessment, or CRIA,is a way to include children and young people in a decision. It looks at the ways the decision might affect the rights of children and young people― both positively and negatively.

By doing this, it means people know what the effect of the decision on children and young people is likely to be.

When is ENYA meeting this year?

In 2020, ENYA is meeting on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October at an annual event called the ENYA Forum. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, this year the Forum is taking place online.

We’re supporting two delegates to go to the Forum― Jonathan and Hope. They’ll take part in workshops and discussions with other young delegates from several different countries. At the end of the weekend, they’ll all agree a list of recommendations for ENOC.

ENYA delegates at the EU Forum on Children’s Rights

Two more of Scotland’s ENYA delegates, Adam and Jaymie, are speaking at the 13th EU Forum on Children’s Rights on Tuesday 29 September. This is an annual conference for EU institutions and other stakeholders on the rights of the child. 

The theme for this year’s forum is Delivering for children: towards the European strategy on the rights of the child. Adam and Jaymie will be presenting at workshops on Inclusive Education and Inclusive Societies. In these, they’ll give a young person from Scotland’s perspective on how the pandemic has impacted them and their world.

ENYA delegate Hope at the Human Rights Council Social Forum

Hope is talking about children and young people’s experiences of poverty at the Human Rights Council Social Forum on Thursday 8 October.  This is an annual meeting described as a unique space for open and interactive dialogue between civil society, NGOs and member states.

ENYA in previous years

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