Aberdeenshire Council and Partners commended for recognising young people's rights

Two Aberdeenshire Council initiatives which highlight children and young people’s rights and involvement in children’s services planning have been recognised in a national report.

The State of Children’s Rights in Scotland by Together, an alliance of over 370 children’s organisations, academics and interested professionals, has included case studies of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and an event promoting children rights and participation in children’s services planning.

Cllr Gillian Owen, Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee chair, said: “With the Year of Young People 2018 already here, this national recognition of best practice could not have come at a better time. I am delighted that along with its partners, the council’s innovative work in taking the rights of young people seriously is being commended by organisations and academics who work in this area.”

Committee vice chair, Cllr Mark Findlater, said: “Educating and working with our young people is one of the most rewarding and important things this council does. I am therefore thrilled that we are being recognised for listening to young people and for including them in strategies that have an impact on us all. Great job everyone!”

In August children and young people’s rights were recognised at the first-event of its type in Aberdeenshire, hosted by the Council along with its local children’s services planning partners in police, health and the third sector. Inspirational guests at the #ABZYAP session included 2008 Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack winner and youth campaigner John Loughton and Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. The day included children and young people developing their own charter, which will be officially endorsed in April.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy was launched in 2016 and aims to emphasize the importance of children and young people’s voices in improving mental health and wellbeing in communities. A way in which this was achieved was through a questionnaire on mental health and wellbeing produced by pupils for young people which was distributed in schools.

To read the report please click on the link http://www.togetherscotland.org.uk/news-and-events/news/detail/?news=1581