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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.
 Joined February 2017    www.syp.org.uk
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How did we get here?On Wednesday, the North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) announced that the UK’s largest untapped oil field has been approved, despite widespread opposition. The oil field is called Rosebank and is located 80 miles west of the Shetland Islands. It has the potential to produce up to 500 million barrels of oil. […]The post The UK is being accused of being a Climate...
At the Annual Children and Young People’s Cabinet Takeover 2023 I had the chance to speak about access to the right to contraception. I took this opportunity to highlight the inaccessibility of contraception as well as the need for comprehensive education on the topic that also encompasses menstrual health. This topic is particularly close to […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: Access to...
In June of this year, I gave a speech on bereavement support for young people at the annual joint Cabinet meeting between the Scottish Government and Children and Young People. This is a topic which is really close to my heart, having lost my mum when I was 17 it was an honour to be […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: Bereavement Support first appeared on Scottish Youth Parliament.The post...
Earlier this week, on Tuesday 5th September, First Minister Humza Yousaf published his Programme for Government for 2023/24. The Programme for Government (PfG) is set out each September, as the Scottish Parliament returns from it’s summer recess, and details the work the Scottish Government will progress over the coming year. Several parts of this year’s […]The post Programme...
By Marcus Flucker MSYP and Emma Prach MSYP Introduction In early 2023, Zero Waste Scotland carried out an urgent review into the environmental impacts of single-use disposable vapes on behalf of the Scottish Government. This review made nine recommendations to address concerns around this issue. However, there has so far, been a lack of research […]The post Single Use, Many Voices: Young...
By Logan Gilmour MSYP and Ryan Macintyre MSYP Content warning: This blog discusses drugs and overdose. For help and support, you can visit the NHS Inform website. Families are torn apart, communities left shattered, and lives are tragically cut short. These haunting words capture the harsh reality of Scotland’s ongoing drug death crisis. In a […]The post International Overdose...
By SYP’s Mental Health Investigation Team – Alannah Logue MSYP, Amy Winter MSYP, Felix Schofield MSYP, Kaydence Drayak MSYP, Millie Wright MSYP, Sam Webster MSYP, Ellie Craig MSYP, Beau Johnston MSYP and Abbie Wright MSYP. Children and young people in Scotland are undoubtedly facing a mental health crisis, which has been worsened by the COVID-19 […]The post Taking a youth-led...
With nominations now open, SYP invites you to nominate the MSYPs or Support Workers you feel deserve to be recognised, and have made an impact in your life, your area, your organisation, or for all of Scotland. The annual SYP Awards recognise and celebrate the amazing work of Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and […]The post SYP Awards 2023 – nominations now open! first appeared...
Today, on International Youth Day 2023, the Scottish Youth Parliament has published our new report on the impact of youth work on MSYPs, ‘Youth Work and Me’. All MSYPs agreed or strongly agreed that ‘youth work changes lives’, but two thirds of MSYPs said they don’t know where to find out about youth work opportunities. […]The post International Youth Day 2023 first...
In June, I had the pleasure of chairing SYP and the Children’s Parliament’s annual Cabinet Meeting with the Scottish Governments Cabinet and also to speak on a topic that is close to my heart, youth work funding. I look forward to seeing positive outcomes from this and to maintain an open dialogue with our partners […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: Youth Work first appeared on...
Over two years ago, Scotland made the historic decision to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots law. The UNCRC Incorporation (Scotland) Bill was passed unanimously by MSPs but it was challenged in the Supreme Court by the UK Government. Despite promising to do so the Scottish Government has still not brought the bill back to Parliament […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: UNCRC Incorporation...
This blog post was adapted from my Opening Speech at SYP’s 79th National Sitting in Orkney in July 2023: As an SYP trustee, I am responsible for leading on diversity and inclusion within SYP. This is something I personally feel very strongly about as an ethnic minority myself. Over this year, I am focusing particularly […]The post #SYPRepresents: An update on our anti-racism work...
Today marks one month to go for young people across Scotland to apply to stand as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Those aged between 14 and 25 can express their interest by applying online on the SYP website. After young people apply, they will be put in touch with an election coordinator, who will support […]The post One month to go to #StandForSYP! first appeared on Scottish...
We’re in a time where people who are already so vulnerable are being subjected to more distress and inequality. The Illegal Migration Bill will be a devastating addition to this. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees states “This new legislation significantly erodes the legal framework that has protected so many, exposing refugees to grave risks […]The post Illegal Migration Bill – we...
Universal free school meals is a policy with the potential to change lives. Improving poverty, health and educational attainment, it was a key recommendation from SYP’s Right to Food report, published after we surveyed 850 young people. I brought it’s findings to the First Minister and his cabinet, calling on them to implement these free […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: Right...
The Cabinet Takeover is a globally unique opportunity, only in Scotland are young people routinely able to meet with their countries most senior ministers, it was truly amazing to be able to bring these issues that we’ve been campaigning on for so long to some of the most influential decision makers. While the cabinet takeover […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: Climate Crisis first...
I am very grateful to have gotten the chance to speak to the Scottish Cabinet on the importance of the creation of buffer zones around abortion care facilities at the annual joint cabinet meeting with the Scottish Youth Parliament and Children’s Parliament during a time in which abortion rights and equity in Scotland – and […]The post #CabinetTakeover 2023: Buffer zones first...
Clip from Tuesday 4th July 2023 edition of 'Around Orkney' on BBC Radio Orkney of SYP Chair Mollie McGoran MSYP and Kaydence Drayak MSYP, local MSYP for Orkney, speaking with reporter Adam Harcus about SYP's 79th National Sitting held in Kirkwall, Orkney from 2nd - 3rd July 2023.
Over two years ago, following years of work from children, young people and other campaigners, the Scottish Parliament unanimously passed the UNCRC Incorporation (Scotland) Bill. The over two-year delay caused by the Supreme Court challenge and the subsequent wait for action has been hugely disappointing for children and young people. SYP and other children and […]The post UNCRC...
The Independent Review of Qualifications and Assessment report “It’s Our Future” was published today after a year of work led by Professor Louise Hayward. The group brought together young people, teachers, parents, and academics to create recommendations for the Scottish Government to consider in their work to reform the Scottish Education system.  While responding to […]The post...
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