Cover of the resource pack called 'Your Rights, Our Plan' on a yellow and white background. The white text of the title is on a red background and images of hearts, smiley faces, a thumbs up, and a megaphone set on the yellow background. Rights defender logo and children's commissioner for Scotland logo are placed at bottom of page

Your Rights, Our Plan

Children and young people help us plan for the future

Please note the submission deadline for this consultation was on the 29th January 2024.

We asked children and young people to help shape our plans over the next four years.

We launched a resource pack called ‘Your Rights, Our Plan’ to help adults support groups of children or young people to think about, discuss and answer six questions about what issues are most important and how our office should work.

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland Nicola Killean must make a Strategic Plan every four years, and this was our latest consultation with children and young people across Scotland.

This resource pack helped adults to support children and young people to ensure that their ideas, opinions, and experiences were at the heart of it. 

We also travelled across Scotland to work with children and young people face-to-face, paying particular attention to groups whose rights are most at risk.

The deadline for responses was Monday 29 January, 2024.

The questions we asked

  • Are these the issues children and young people are most concerned about at the moment?
  • Tell us about any other important issues for children and young people in Scotland right now?
  • What issues do you think will become more of a concern for children and young people in Scotland in the future?
  • Choose three adjectives (describing words) or skills that you think a good Commissioner needs.
  • Which of the powers should the Commissioner and her team spend more time on over the next four years?
  • If you were Commissioner for the day, what would you choose to work on and why?

Children and young people care a lot about all aspects of their lives. Based on our work, we found that the priority issues children and young people in Scotland are most concerned about are:   

  • Education  
  • Mental Health  
  • Poverty  
  • Discrimination  
  • Climate Change  

We wanted to know if these were the issues children and young people were still most concerned about. We asked if there were any other important issues children and young people in Scotland are most concerned about right now, and what they think will become more of a concern in the future. We also asked what skills make a good Children’s Commissioner and which of their powers they should focus on using. Children and young people could also share what they would work on, if they were Commissioner for the day.  
 

Cover of the resource pack called 'Your Rights, Our Plan' on a yellow and white background. The white text of the title is on a red background and images of hearts, smiley faces, a thumbs up, and a megaphone set on the yellow background. Rights defender logo and children's commissioner for Scotland logo are placed at bottom of page

Resource pack download

Please note the submission deadline for this consultation was on the 29th January 2024.

PowerPoint

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PowerPoint (simpler version)

Involving children and young people (video)

Listen to our Young Advisors share their experiences working with us and the significance of children and young people in Scotland getting involved.

Our powers and functions (video)

A scales of justice made up of basic shapes.

Listen to short explainers about how our office has to work in law so that children and young people can help direct us.

Listen to Nick, our Head of Advice and Investigations explain our legal and investigation powers.

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