16-18-year-olds: Tell us what to do— influence and inspire our Strategic Plan review

16 August 2017

The Commissioner’s office is reviewing our Strategic Plan— and we’re looking for six Young Advisers to help us shape the process.

By law, the Commissioner must ask children and young people about the work he decides to do and how he plans to do it.

In September, our office will start working with lots of different groups of children and young people to help make this happen.

Their ideas will help us create a revised Strategic Plan, which we’ll lay before Parliament in January next year.

How you can help

We’d like six Young Advisers to help us with our work. You’ll act as a team, and you’ll all be involved in taking our Plan to the Scottish Parliament. However, you’ll also be split into three groups of two to work in the following areas:

  • Monitoring and Evaluating, to keep an eye on our progress and check we’re doing what we set out to do,
  • Communications and Digital Media, to help make sure we promote our progress in ways that are dynamic, up to date and suitable for a wide range of age and abilities, and
  • Event Planning, to help with a big event in November where children and young people can meet the Commissioner and talk about the Plan.

What you’ll get

Through being a Young Adviser, you’ll get:

  • a meaningful chance to help shape the future work of the new Children & Young People's Commissioner,
  • a personal reference from the Commissioner,
  • £100 of vouchers at the project’s end,
  • registration of your hours as volunteering hours for Young Scot points,
  • support from experienced staff in the Commissioner’s team, and
  • the opportunity to meet new people.

We’ll also pay all your expenses.

What we’re looking for

Our Young Advisers project is open to:

  • anyone between 16 and 18, and
  • anyone between 16 and 21 who is care experienced.

Ideally, you’ll be both enthusiastic about the human rights of children and young people and used to giving your opinion.

You’ll need be able to take part between September 2017 and March 2018. You’ll also need to be able to travel to meetings in Edinburgh, and we’ll pay any travel costs.

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

What your time will involve

We’ll ask you to commit around 8 hours a month to being a Young Adviser, although this can be negotiated with the member of staff supporting you.

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

Questions about the project

You can contact us at [email protected] with any questions you have about the project or being a Young Adviser. We'll get back to you as soon as we can.

How to apply

To apply, contact us on [email protected] and complete the following three steps:

  1. Tell us what you think is the most important issue facing young people in Scotland today.
  2. Tell us why you’d like to be a Young Adviser.
  3. Complete an “I’m Interested” form and send it to us along with your answers.

You can send your answers in written or recorded form.

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 4 September.

Download an “I’m Interested” form.

If you're having problems downloading the form, you can access a text version here.

We’ll look at all the forms we get, and we’ll 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.