Children’s Parliament builds relationships that allow children the opportunity to voice their ideas, thoughts and feelings; so that their concerns and opinions can be listened to and included in our social and political landscape.
We do this in two ways. Firstly by working directly with children through projects and consultations and secondly by educating and equipping adults with knowledge and skills in order that they can replicate Children’s Parliament’s approach in their own locations.
At the root of all our work is a commitment to increasing children and adults’ knowledge and understanding of children’s human rights with the aim of ensuring that the confident voices of children – and the good listening skills of adults – help to keep children healthy, happy and safe.
The wealth of experience and creative techniques Children’s Parliament offers allows the child’s voice to develop. Gaining a clearer understanding of children’s ideas and thoughts is beneficial for life at home, at school and in the wider world and the Children’s Parliament approach allows for more natural and honest reactions and feedback from children.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Whether involved in our community programme or in a project or consultation children are engaged in active, experiential learning and practicing sets of skills, behaviours and values while they gain knowledge and understanding of themselves and others.
Members of Children’s Parliament learn and practice these skills:
- Getting on with people and working together
- Planning and organising
- Problem solving
- Practical arts-based skills in things like mural painting and model making
- Communication and presentation skills
Members of Children’s Parliament learn and practice these ways of behaving:
- Being respectful of the needs of others
- Being fair
- Thinking things through
- Taking care of the people and places around us
Members of the Children’s Parliament learn and practice 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.
Members of the Children’s Parliament gain knowledge and understanding of both themselves and others. In particular they know more about:
- Children’s human rights articulated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
- How these rights are their rights
- Adults who can help and support them in childhood
We acknowledge the support of the Scottish Government through a CYPFEIF and ALEC Fund Grant