Children in Scotland: recommendations from children

Young people from Scotland reveal top Brexit concerns about their relationships with Europe.

Children and Young People's Panel on Europe launched

Young people from across Scotland have made recommendations on EU funding, opportunities to work, study and travel, the economy, trade and jobs, upholding human rights and Brexit as they share key concerns about their relationship with Europe.

The Panel’s key recommendations include:
•    On EU funding: continued contribution to Erasmus+ by the UK and Scottish governments, allowing young people to study, volunteer and participate in youth work projects in the EU and young people from the EU to study, volunteer and participate in youth work projects in the UK.
•    On opportunities to work, study and travel abroad: visas should not be required for travel inside the EU; this must be supported by continued co-operation on security to ensure that young people are safe from crime.
•    On the economy, trade and jobs: UK Government should keep all workers’ rights that the EU gives to workers – the Panel wants Scotland to be a world leader in the way workers are treated.

The findings are the culmination of seven months’ work by the Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe, a group supported by national charities Children in Scotland and Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) and funded by the Scottish Government to ensure that the views of children and young people inform decision-making processes around Brexit.

Children in Scotland Chief Executive Jackie Brock said:

“The work of the Panel over the past seven months has demonstrated why including young people’s voices in the Brexit process is vital – and why they should have been included from the outset. We welcome their report, but our task now must be ensuring that their concerns are heard by the UK and Scottish governments and all politicians debating the Brexit settlement in the run-up to 29 March.”

Panel members also want all children, young people and their families to learn more about their human rights, and expressed concern about a lack of child-friendly resources to help them make informed choices about Brexit and our future relationship with the EU.

Click here to download a copy of the report, including the full list of recommendations!