Want to make a difference by becoming a Young Advisor to the Commissioner? (applications now closed)


Apply to become a Young Advisor (applications now closed)

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Please note applications closed on the 12th of February 2024.

Our group of Young Advisors has recently been looking for new members to help shape and guide the Commissioner’s work.

The group – human rights defenders aged between 12 and 17 living in Scotland – come from lots of different backgrounds and from all over the country. They work with Commissioner Nicola Killean and her team on lots of different projects, share their opinions, and influence decision-making.  

They’ve done exciting things like: 

  • examining counselling in schools for their Mental Health investigation and being interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live about their work 
  • visiting the UN in Geneva to report on how the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the UK and devolved governments about their children’s rights record 
  • giving evidence to the Scottish Parliament on education in the Covid-19 pandemic, and 
  • leading the office’s 18th birthday celebrations at the Scottish Parliament 

We were really keen to hear from young people who haven’t previously been part of organised groups. 

Young Advisor Sophie, from Falkirk, said: “There have been many amazing opportunities to be involved within the Commissioner’s office. Being a Young Advisor was one of the best decisions I made.” 

Blair, from Dunoon, Argyll and Bute, said: “You can make such a difference through the group and gain important knowledge on human rights.” 

Commissioner Nicola said: “Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do. The Young Advisors are crucial to the office – they help us promote and protect rights and work with us on specific projects.  

“It’s really important that our Young Advisors Group reflects Scotland’s diversity and we can support young people from lots of different backgrounds with different experiences to take part. We can’t wait to start working with some new Young Advisors and look forward to the ideas and experiences they will bring to our team.” 

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