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The democratically elected voice of Scotland's young people. We are 160 MSYPs representing the views of our peers aged 12-25.
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The UK Supreme Court has ruled that the UNCRC Scotland Bill is not within the competence of the Scottish Parliament. This news means that The Scottish Government must now take the Bill back to the Scottish Parliament and amend it to address the concerns raised by the Supreme Court to protect children’s rights.  Chair of the Scottish Youth […]The post UNCRC Incorporation Bill must be...
1,580. That’s the number of aggravated sexual orientation based crimes charged between 2020 and 2021, according to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service [1].  With the exception of 2014-15, there has been an increase in numbers every year since 2010 when this kind of offence was created. Yes, society is more accepting to same […]The post Why Pride is still important...
The Scottish Youth Parliament is gathering the views of young people on the future of assessment for National 4 and National 5 qualifications through a new survey. Education in Scotland is going through major changes, and we want young people’s views to be at the heart of those changes. This is your opportunity to have […]The post Have Your Say on the Future of Assessments appeared...
SYP’s new Get a move on joint campaign from the Sport and Leisure (SPL) and Transport, Environment, and Rural Affairs (TERA) committees is supported and funded by Sustrans. It will run for a month in advance of COP26, and has two key aims: To showcase the benefits of active travel through a social media campaign. […]The post SYP launches ‘Get a move on’ campaign to...
Hi everyone, my name is Ellie Craig. I am the MSYP for Glasgow Cathcart and the Deputy Convener of the Education and Life-long Learning Committee. Recently I have been working with the Scottish Government and PB Scotland, representing young people in the production of a Framework for the future of Participatory Budgeting in Scotland. Participatory […]The post Participatory budgeting for a...
SYP’s Bounce Back campaign calls for a human rights based approach to the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Poverty is one of the key themes of this campaign, and, as I’ll explain below, period poverty has been exacerbated for young people throughout the pandemic. This needs to be rectified. Period poverty is an issue that […]The post Periods Don’t Stop for a Pandemic appeared...
SYP have welcomed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) latest report on “Upper-secondary education student assessment in Scotland”. Following exam cancellations over the past 18 months, a review of Scotland’s education system is ongoing and the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) has continually called for young people’s views and rights to be put at...
The rise to power of the Taliban in Afghanistan over recent weeks was a shock and a horror to many of us. We all gathered around our TV’s, phones and tablets to watch the news unfold. Safe in our British homes, we responded with sympathy as we watched Afghan, British, American and other nationals attempt […]The post The Separated Children of Afghanistan appeared first on Scottish...
I’m sure we all know someone in an MLM (multi-level marketing scheme); that’s how widespread and embedded they are in many communities. MLMs are commonly found in industries such as beauty, nutrition, homeware, and fitness and you can see examples of MLMs in the articles below [1] [2]. I’m not the first to raise concerns […]The post It’s Time to Take MLMs Out of Commission...
At a time when decision makers are pressured to tackle the fall-out from the Covid-19 pandemic on numerous fronts, is it worth trying to tackle the deep-rooted racial inequalities impacting young People of Colour in Scotland? My answer is Yes, and hopefully by the time you finish reading this blog, you will also be convinced […]The post Tackling racial inequalities in Scotland – is it...
In SYP’s current national campaign, Bounce Back, mental health and wellbeing was identified by young people from across Scotland as one of the five top priorities for SYP as Scotland recovers from the pandemic. I believe emotional literacy is an important part of this recovery process. Emotional Literacy is your ability to recognise and talk […]The post How emotional literacy can help...
As Scotland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, youth work will be more important than ever to Scotland’s young people. That’s why it is one of the central themes in our Bounce Back campaign, and why 72% of young people surveyed agreed with our manifesto call: “Local youth work should be invested in by national and […]The post Youth Work – supporting young people through...
Trigger Warning: This blog contains themes of murder, rape, and torture that could be triggering or distressing for some people. In April of 2021, Kayla Gardner MSYP (Airdrie and Shotts), Ryan Kelly MSYP (Coatbridge and Chryston) and I presented a motion on the widely declared Genocide of the Uyghur population in the North-Western region of […]The post Standing with the Uyghur Peoples of...
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), at its heart, has always been an advocate for approaching important policies in a human rights-based way. This approach has led to policies that will make a direct, positive impact on young people’s lives in Scotland through the incorporation of the UNCRC, free bus travel for young people, and more. […]The post The Barnahus Model — Putting Human...
SYP have today welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has committed to giving Councils an extra £7m to fund free music tuition for pupils in the coming school year. Free music tuition has been a priority for MSYPs over the past few years, including a local campaign from former MSYP, Alice Ferguson in West […]The post SYP Welcomes Free Music Tuition Announcement appeared first on...
This month the Scottish Youth Parliament responded to UK Government’s consultation on the ‘New Plan for Immigration’. The response is based on relevant SYP policy, findings from SYP’s 2021-26 manifesto research, and consultation with SYP’s External Affair, UK & International Committee and Equality & Human Rights Committee. You can read our response in full by...
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has today published its review into Scottish education. The ‘Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence : Into the Future‘ report gives 12 recommendations which Shirley-Anne Sommerville MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education confirmed the Scottish Government will adopt in full. Alongside this, the Cabinet Secretary confirmed that...
'Dear Decision-Makers' is a letter to Scotland's Decision-makers taken from the Scottish Youth Parliament's 'From Scotland's Young People' manifesto for 2021-2026
The Scottish Youth Parliament have joined other charities and academics to write an open letter to the SQA calling for changes to be made to the appeal process. The letter calls on the SQA to reconsider key elements of the appeals process, including the lack of a policy of no-detriment to allow young people to […]The post Leading children and young people charities and academics call for...
On Wednesday 2 June, the new Cabinet Secretary for Education, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, gave a statement to the Scottish Parliament sharing the appeals process for the 2021 national qualifications. You can read more about the details of the process on the sqa’s website by clicking here. In reaction to the statement, Liam Fowley MSYP said: […]The post Appeals Process Fails to Uphold...
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