Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) is working to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing services across the Western Isles. To inform these developments, Children’s Parliament worked with children across the Western Isles to understand their experiences of living in the Western Isles, and their views and ideas on how to make sure all children can grow up happy, healthy and safe at home, in their schools and in their communities.
To capture the diversity of children’s views, ideas, and experiences, Children’s Parliament worked in partnership with four primary schools and nurseries in the Western Isles:
• Castlebay Primary School and Nursery
• Iochdar School and Nursery
• Sir E Scott Primary School and Nursery
• Laxdale School and Nursery
In May 2021, 100 children participated in two workshops, sharing their views and ideas through creative activities, surveys and artwork. 12 children from across the four schools became our team of ‘Investigators’. They worked together remotely to share and further explore the views of their peers. Together, they created a report and presentation of their findings and calls to action to share with the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in June 2021.