Participation

The Commissioner's office has produced a range of work that encourages children and young people to participate or provides guidance on how to encourage participation. Publications in this area can be found below.

Participation publications

“Living is more important than just surviving.” Listening to what children think about food insecurity

Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland, Nourish Scotland and HomeStart UK, October 2016. “Living is more important than just surviving.” is a small-scale study looking at children's views of food insecurity.

Read “Living is more important than just surviving.”

Evaluation of the 7 Golden Rules for Participation

Colin Duff, September 2015. Copius Consulting's evaluation of how the Commissioner's 7 Golden Rules for Participation resource has been used in practice.

Download a PDF of the evaluation of the 7 Golden Rules for Participation.

Approaches to engagement with children 0-3 years

Dr Beth Cross, September 2015. This literature review looks at theory and practice around participation with children aged under 4 years old.

Download a PDF of Approaches to engagement with children 0-3 years.

Young people and the Scottish Parliament

Ipsos MORI, August 2015. This summary report presents findings around pupils' knowledge and views of the Scottish Parliament and reporting concerns on local issues.

Download a PDF of Young people and the Scottish Parliament.

How young people’s participation in school supports achievement and attainment

Dr Greg Mannion, Matthew Sowerby & John I'Anson, February 2015. This research report draws on interviews with young people at seven schools to see if participation is associated with raised achievement and attainment.

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Children’s right to play, culture and arts: a review of article 31 in Scotland

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, International Play Association and Theresa Casey, March 2014. This 16-page review explains the importance of Article 31 of the UNCRC – the right to play and relax by doing things like sport, music and drama.

Download a PDF of Children’s right to play, culture and arts: a review of article 31 in Scotland.

Children and young people’s views on participation and principles for practice

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, March 2013. This report presents the key findings from workshops carried out by the Commissioner's team with children and young people. It summarises what adults could think about to make sure children and young people participate in decision making in a meaningful way, and highlights what positive experiences of participation can look like.

Download a PDF of Children and young people’s views on participation and principles for practice.

Download an infographic around young people's views on participation in schools.

Children and young people’s participation in Scotland: frameworks, standards and principles for practice

Dr Greg Mannion, August 2012. This report looks at methods to provide greater support for children and young people’s participation in Scotland.

Download a PDF of Children and young People’s Participation in Scotland: frameworks, standards and principles for practice.

Download a PDF of the summary report.

Participants, not pawns: guidance on consulting with children and young people on school closures (and other significant changes)

Children in Scotland, March 2010. The purpose of this guidance is to help local authorities make sure their consultation with children and young people is meaningful, credible and commanding the respect of children and young people, their parents or carers and the wider community.

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Closing the case: Detective Kit reports on what children told SCCYP about 'things to do'

April 2009. The Detective Kit resource was created to give children the opportunity to find out about 'things to do' in their local area. A cartoon detective character (Detective Kit) was in charge of the case. The children (trainee detectives) completed a workbook which was designed for use within classroom settings in the upper stages of primary school. 

Download a PDF of Closing the case: Detective Kit reports on what children told SCCYP about 'things to do'

Our say: young people's awareness and understanding of educational maintenance allowance in Scotland

Connie Bennett, Morvern Dockery and Hala Ousta. March 2009. The main aim of this project was to enable a group of young people to identify, undertake and report on a small research project with the support of the Commissioner's office.

The young people chose as their research topic the educational maintenance allowance and the differing views and opinions of this scheme among young people aged 15-20.

Download a PDF of Our say: young people's awareness and understanding of educational maintenance allowance in Scotland.