Children from three schools across Edinburgh worked with us to bring the perspective of primary-school-age children into emerging discussion and action on an alcohol-free childhood. This consultation sits within a commitment – expressed in the Scottish Government’s Alcohol Framework 2018: Preventing Harm – to put the voices of children and young people at the heart of developing preventative measures on alcohol-related harm.

Members of Children’s Parliament were invited to become investigators on the subject of an alcohol-free childhood. The children supported Children’s Parliament staff to co-deliver 10 workshops with other children in their schools/settings. Participants explored their experiences of where children see alcohol, what impact alcohol has on children, what children think about an alcohol-free childhood, and what would need to change to ensure that children are not affected by alcohol-related harm.

Participating Edinburgh schools were Sighthill Primary School, Stenhouse Primary School and St. John’s Primary School, Portobello.


The consultation ran from April 2019 until September 2019. In September 2019, we released the Alcohol-free childhood consultation film and report, which capture the children’s views and voices. Watch, read and download these below:

Consultation commissioned by Alcohol Focus Scotland