3 March 2020
Representatives from the Children’s Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) met with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the full Scottish Cabinet this week.
The Scottish Government is committed to hearing directly from children and young people on issues which affect their lives, and to collectively agree actions for the coming year in relation to their human rights.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“The Cabinet meeting was another great opportunity to engage with our children and young people at a national level, ensuring they have their voices heard, their concerns listened to, and their ideas considered at the heart of our government.
“The Scottish Government has already committed to the incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by the end of this parliamentary term.
“The Bill will seek to incorporate in full and directly – using the language of the Convention – in every case possible.
“The joint efforts of the Children’s Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament have been instrumental to this journey and we are clear that incorporation is fundamental to ensuring Scotland is the best place for children to grow up.”
The First Minister, Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Minister for Children and Young People Maree Todd, and Cabinet Ministers welcomed seven Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) and seven Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) to Bute House on 3 March.
Today representatives from @OfficialSYP and @Creative_Voices met with First Minister @NicolaSturgeon and the full Scottish Cabinet, to speak about real-life issues which affect children and young people ⬇️#CabinetTakeover pic.twitter.com/SJPSYwvYQG
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) March 3, 2020