Young people gather in Linlithgow for human rights weekend

17 November 2017

Our office is running a three-day workshop with over 50 children and young people from around Scotland to ensure their priorities are included in the Commissioner’s forthcoming strategic plan.

The Young People’s Human Rights Gathering will be held in Linlithgow from Friday 17 to Sunday 19 November.

It brings together young people with diverse experiences from a number of backgrounds and locations.

Over several sessions across the three days, the young people will be asked to direct the Commissioner on the focus for his revised Strategic Plan for the next two years.

Commissioner Bruce Adamson said:

“Our Young People’s Human Rights Gathering is about putting children and young people at the centre of our decision-making on our work priorities.
"It is significant that we are bringing young people together on a weekend where their human rights are highlighted.
“Over the past few months I have been meeting with children and young people to hear about the rights issues that matter to them. They have talked about many topics including worries about poverty, feeling stressed about health and mental health issues and a lack of transport provision.

“This event brings together young people to help focus priorities about how my office will work and will ensure that we continue to be guided by the voices and views of children and young people.

“It’s my job to make sure that children’s and young people’s rights are respected, protected, and fulfilled.
“It is also important that we set our priorities to match the issues that children and young people themselves identify as being important.”

Young advisers

While we’ve been revising our strategic plan, our office has been working with a group of young advisers. They’ve helped us plan our Human Rights Gathering, and they’ll also be helping out at our event this weekend.

Young Adviser Holly Mitchell said:

“Young people bring a different view and opinion that might have not been considered before. The Commissioner’s work affects children and young people directly and therefore our opinions should be heard.”

Young Adviser Sarah Brown said:

"I'm excited to be a part of the event as it gives me the opportunity to meet and engage with new people who also want to influence change, as well as get a better understanding of my own rights.
“I’m enjoying listening to other young people's opinions as well as having a few of my own, and making a difference to something important."

Our revised strategic plan

The Young People’s Human Rights Gathering builds upon earlier consultation work around our revised strategic plan including regional workshops, a school-based survey and through setting up a young advisers group.

Adult stakeholders were included in an online survey.

The new strategic plan will:

  • clearly explain what the job of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner is,
  • make clear the different types of work that our office will do as a National Human Rights Institution for children and young people, and
  • ensure children and young people are at the heart of all our work.

The Plan will be put before the Scottish Parliament in January 2018.

Learn more about the revised Strategic Plan.