Falkirk teenagers need to raise their voices to fight for their rights

A new group is being set up to enable teenagers to have their views heard on issues including COVID-91, mental health, school closures and poverty.

By James Trimble
Tuesday, 2nd February 2021, 12:06 pm

The Young Advisers Group is looking for new teenage members to give their feelings on and experience of a wide variety of subjects and issues to Bruce Adamson, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, and his team.

Anyone living in Scotland aged between 14 and 17 can apply to be a Young Adviser in the group. Meetings are currently online, and the Commissioner is keen for people who haven’t previously been part of organised groups to apply.

Young Advisers work with the commissioner and his team on lots of different projects, share their opinions, and influence decision-making. They’ll be able to take part in creative tasks, organise events, and have lots of fun along the way, supported by the commissioner’s team and previous Young Advisers.

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The Young Advisers Group is looking for new teenage members to give their feelings on and experience of issues like mental health, school closures and poverty to Bruce Adamson, the Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, and his team

Mr Adamson, works to promote and protect children’s human rights and relies on the Young Advisers Group as one of the key ways to hear directly about the issues that matter.

He said: “I have the best job in the world, and the best part of that is working with children and young people. The Young Advisers Group helps my office to effectively stand up for children’s rights. They’ve shaped a huge range of our work, from policing in the pandemic, to climate justice, to exam cancellations and they've helped us recruit new staff and recently influenced the design of our new website."

Applications close at 5pm on March 1.