Established 21 years ago, Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s centre of excellence for children’s participation and engagement. Through our rights-based, creative practice, we provide younger children from diverse backgrounds across Scotland with opportunities to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings so that they can influence positive change in their lives at home, in school and in the community.
Children’s Parliament works for a world where all children grow up in an environment of love, dignity and respect.
Our work supports local authorities and other public bodies to fulfil their legal obligations to promote and protect the human rights of everyone and fulfil their duty of care toward children. We support the private sector by demonstrating good practice in relation to working with and engaging children, and we support other charities who advocate on behalf of children by giving them access to the views of children on specific issues.
Our local and national work is increasingly recognised at international levels. In 2016, members of Children’s Parliament from our Streets Ahead Tranent project in East Lothian travelled to the United Nations in Geneva to share their work as part of the 2016 Day of General Discussion: Children’s Rights and the Environment. In 2018, Children’s Parliament members have been invited back by the United Nations, this time children are participating in the planning and delivery of the 2018 United Nations Day of General Discussion: Children as Human Rights Defenders. Our local, national and international work supports our organisational mission, to lead the development of a rights-based culture in Scotland and ensure that children’s voices are actively engaged in shaping our world.
Children’s Parliament both practices and encourages these values:
- Honesty: We are truthful and open to the views and experiences of others
- Respect: Both for the views of others and that no-one should ever feel small or stupid
- Diversity: We are different and we are equal
- Empathy: We can understand others by putting ourselves in their shoes
- Participation: It is everyone’s right to have their say and to take part
- Social Justice: We must do what we can to make the world a better place for ourselves and for others.
- Action: If something is wrong we should try to change it.
To contact us about how we can support your work, use the form on our Contact Us page.
We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through a CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant