Three of our Young Advisers – Abigail, Coll and Jonathan – appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee on Wednesday 10 March.
Along with Commissioner Bruce Adamson, they talked about:
- how the pandemic has affected young people across Scotland, and
- the ways in which State actions taken in response to Coronavirus didn’t always consider them enough.
In particular, they focused on school closures, exam cancellations and issues around assessment and the impact of the pandemic of mental health, and how decisions around these issues were made without the participation of children or young people― despite affecting them more than anyone else.
The right to be heard
We hope adults in power see the evidence from this Committee session as an example of why seeking young people’s views is so important, and of the problems that can occur when their experiences aren’t considered or taken seriously.