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Scottish Youth Parl +OfficialSYP
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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My story begins in Lebanon, a once-beautiful Mediterranean country that wasn’t always at war. With beautiful landscapes infused with Levantine culture, the country was attractive to many. My grandfather started a family there because he wasn’t allowed to do so in Syria, his birthplace. As a successful businessman, he was unwelcomed in a communist country. […]The post My Story: Omar...
This is an update to share the outcome of the review that the Board announced earlier this month, in response to media allegations relating to a now former MSYP and how SYP responded in 2016.  The review considered SYP’s approach to how policies and procedures were followed after allegations were made to SYP in 2016. […]The post Statement from SYP Board appeared first on Scottish...
The inaccessibility of housing, especially to young people, is at a point of crisis. Action must be taken to ensure that housing is accessible for all, and that this housing is of adequate quality for living. At the most recent National Sitting of the Scottish Youth Parliament, where members get the opportunity to vote on […]The post Scotland’s Urgent Need for Rent Controls appeared first...
Unlike in England and much of Europe, there is no formal requirement for teachers to educate their pupils about the events of the Holocaust in Scottish schools. I was alarmed by the lack of teaching on this topic at my own school, and the fact that because it is not a mandatory part of the […]The post Holocaust Education – Is Scotland falling behind? appeared first on Scottish Youth...
When trying to access abortion services, people are being met with harsh protests and distressing intimidation – sometimes even trying to dissuade them from procedures- outside abortion service providers across Scotland. According to the campaigning group, Back off Scotland, since 2017 there have been 7 hospitals and clinics in Scotland that have experienced anti-choice protests. […]...
In May 2022, three MSYPs – Abbie, Eilidh and Crisantos – led a workshop with leads and members from the Scottish Government’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Joint Delivery Board (JDB) to share young people’s views gathered from two Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) consultation workshops and the March 2022 ‘What’s Your Take’ […]The post MSYPs...
I was delighted to have the opportunity to speak to the Scottish cabinet alongside members of the Scottish Youth Parliament & Children’s Parliament. This is a fantastic annual event where the views of Scotland’s young people are taken right to the top of the decision-making process. A testament to our progress in making Scotland the […]The post Young people need to know when their...
The Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, today responded to the findings of Professor Ken Muir’s report into Scottish education reform by saying that the Scottish Government will broadly accept the recommendations. This will include replacing SQA and Education Scotland with a new body by 2024. You can read the report in […]The post Another week of...
Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) [1] and Children’s Parliament (MCPs) [2] are today meeting with the First Minister and her Cabinet in the sixth annual Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People (Cabinet Takeover). MSYPs and MCPs have a crucial role to play in communicating the views of their generations to the most […]The post Cabinet to hear directly from children...
The annual Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People sees Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and Members of the Children's Parliament speak to the First Minister, Deputy First Minister, and the full Scottish Cabinet about some of the issues most important to children and young people in Scotland.
Mental health and wellbeing affect all young people in Scotland, and it is high on many MSYP’s agendas. In December 2021, to give MSYPs the opportunity to have their views heard on mental health services, I worked with another former MSYP and the Scottish Government and COSLA’s Children and Young People’s Joint Delivery Board to […]The post Engaging with young people to improve...
Assessments in Scottish education are, for the third year in a row, taking place in a climate of uncertainty. This is affecting everyone across education including teachers, parents, education workers, youth workers, and, most importantly, young people. Young people are feeling anxious about this uncertainty – and the only solutions for that are timely and […]The post Standing up for...
The results of the 2021 Scottish Youth Parliament elections have now been finalised and the MSYPs for 2021-2023 term have been confirmed. Below are the results of the 2021 SYP elections, but before we reach those, SYP’s Chair, Josh Kennedy MSYP, wanted to welcome the newly elected MSYPs and to thank all the young people […]The post New MSYPs elected appeared first on Scottish Youth...
A renewed commitment for young people to play a key role in Scottish politics has been made today by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Youth Parliament. The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alison Johnstone MSP, and the Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP), Josh Kennedy MYSP, signed the Working in Partnership agreement. […]The post Young people’s voices to play...
The 2021 Scottish Youth Parliament elections polls have now closed. The process started in May this year when over 700 young people from across Scotland expressed an interest in standing to become MSYPs. Now, the votes will be counted to determine the young people who will represent their constituency or National Voluntary Organisation for the […]The post Polls close for the 2021 SYP...
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) elections are now live! That means from 8th to 21st November, Scotland’s young people have the opportunity to vote for the MSYPs that will represent them for the next two years. The votes of young people give MSYPs their democratic mandate to represent the views of Scotland’s young people. This […]The post The Scottish Youth Parliament’s 2021...
Last Friday (29th October) MSYPs took part in The Moment, which saw elected representatives join children and young people from across the country to discuss the climate emergency. Today, Erin Campbell MSYP and Wiktoria Orlicka MSYP teamed up with Members of the Children’s Parliament (MCPs) for the Globe Legislators’ Summit at the Scottish Parliament to […]The post MSYPs reflect...
There have been reports across Scotland of young people being ‘spiked’ through injections whilst out at nightclubs or other venues. Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) want to see action taken by people in positions of power to address this issue and ensure public safety. The below policy position has been agreed by The Scottish […]The post MSYPs call for...
COP26 will be coming to Glasgow between 1st and 12th November. Here is Mollie McGoran MSYP, Trustee and Convener of SYP’s Transport, Environment, and Rural Affairs Committee, to share SYP’s priorities for COP26. Before COP26 begins, young people from across the world will be coming to Glasgow to take part in the Conference of Youth […]The post Raising young people’s voices at...
T/W: This blog contains themes of domestic abuse and sexual assault. Earlier in the week, my first blog (which you can read by clicking here), looked at what domestic abuse is, its root causes, and how children and young people are impacted by it. This time, I wanted to take the time What can the […]The post What can we do to tackle domestic abuse in Scotland? appeared first on Scottish...
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