Find out how young people aged 12-17 can join other child human rights defenders to work alongside and shape the work of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Nicola Killean.
Young people are being encouraged to join a group that stands up for children’s human rights.
Those aged between 12 and 17 can join other child human rights defenders to work alongside and shape the work of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, Nicola Killean.
The Commissioner and her team promote and protect children’s human rights and work closely with the office’s Young Advisors Group as one way to hear about the issues that matter. The group – now recruiting more members – works with the Commissioner on lots of different projects, sharing their opinions, and influencing decision-making.
This year the group laid their investigation – Mental Health: Counselling In Schools – at the Scottish Parliament. It’s the first time anywhere in the world a group of young people have used a Commissioner’s legal powers of investigation and politicians are now considering their recommendations.
Two Young Advisors also went to the UN in Geneva in May last year to report on how the Committee on the Rights of the Child examined the UK and devolved governments about their children’s rights record. The group has also given evidence to the Scottish Parliament on education in the Covid-19 pandemic and have co-presented events on children’s rights, including leading on a special celebration at the Scottish Parliament.
The Commissioner is keen to give the opportunity to young people living in Scotland who do not have experience of being on similar organised groups. Meetings are a combination of online and in-person.
The closing date is midday on Monday 12th February.