Scottish First Minister challenged by children and young people on mental health and aftermath of Brexit

“I wanted to make sure that not just my voice, but my generation’s voice, was not just being heard, but being listened to and taken into consideration.” - Josh, aged 13

It was a proud moment for Eurochild’s Scottish member, Children in Scotland as they witnessed the first ever First Minister Question Time, held in Glasgow on 5th September 2018. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was questioned by 100 children and young people from across Scotland about her government’s commitments on access for young people to mental health services, a second referendum on Brexit, and improving support for care-experience young people. The initiative was launched as a new platform for the voices of 8 to 26- year-olds and as part of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018.

Jackie Brock, Chief Executive of national charity Children in Scotland, said: “It was particularly encouraging and refreshing to hear young people whose voices are often in the margins: younger children, those from black minority ethnic backgrounds, who are less confident, live in rural areas, or have additional support needs. We’ll be ensuring that the issues raised by the young people in FMQT Next Generation are pursued so that this opportunity to shape policy and contribute to national discourse is real and consequential.”

Read more about FMQT, Next Generation here

You can also watch the full televised programme here.

Discover how Eurochild is embedding children’s participation into its network.