Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today welcomed the launch of the report “Being Heard”, co-authored by Kristopher Leask and Councillor John-Ross Scott, from Orkney, which assesses the engagement of young people by local authorities across Scotland.
Kristopher, currently a student at St Andrew’s University, and Councillor Scott have been working for the past several months compiling this report on the approaches taken by councils in Scotland to engaging young people and involving them in decision making. The report is launched today in Edinburgh.
Commenting on the report, Mr McArthur said:
“It is important that the voices of young people are heard in decision making at all levels. How this is achieved may vary, but the benefits that come from proper engagement with young people are beyond doubt.
“Kristopher Leask and John-Ross Scott deserve enormous credit for the work they have done analysing the engagement that is already taking place at a local level. This report highlights areas of good practice, where Councils may be able to learn from each other, and sets out a number of sensible and very reasonable recommendations.
“Hopefully, as we come towards the end of the Year of Young People, this report can help provide a lasting legacy of more consistent involvement of young people in the decisions that affect them and their communities”.
You can read the report here.