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1 MY LIFE IN SCOTLAND CHILDREN’S VIEWS ON LIFE AND WELLBEING

2 Children’s Parliament is Scotland‘s Centre for Excellence for children’s rights and participation. We create opportunities for children's voices to be heard and included in the social and political landscape of Scotland.

3 Knowledge and understanding of rights Experience of positive relationships Environment that is safe + appropriate Children’s Rights Approach

4 Children’s human rights SAFE HEALTHY HAPPY

5 Through their participation, children learn: Skills Listening Working together Planning & organising Problem solving Communication Speaking to different audiences Art & technology Values Honesty Respect Equality Empathy Social Justice Participation Action Behaviours Compassion Respect Fairness Thinking things through Taking care of people & places Knowledge Children’s human rights UNCRC Adults who can help and support them Active, engaged citizenship

6 StreetsAhead - Wellbeing in the community An exploration of what children need in their communities to be safe, healthy and happy. Partners: Community Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) and the Violence Reduction Unit 200 P6 & P7 children from local primary schools took part in initial whole-class workshops exploring children's human rights and views on community life in the East End of Glasgow 20 children participated in the mural week.

7 DVD: StreetsAhead

8 My Life in Scotland Purpose of the tool:: To measure the subjective wellbeing of children and young people from 8 to 18 years old. Support Community Planning Partnerships/Local Authorities to include children and young people’s views when they report on wellbeing: Children and Young People (Scotland) Act (2014) Framework How children see their world and the experience of Children's Parliament. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) wellbeing indicators (safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included).

9 My Life in Scotland: Development Desk-based research on wellbeing and current tools. Reflection on Children’s Parliament’s work to identify what ‘wellbeing’ means to children and young people. Focus groups with children and young people to ensure items are relevant and appropriate. Cognitive testing with 8 year olds to ensure understanding of all items. Testing with 17/18 year olds to ensure relevance. Testing and feedback sessions with children and young people across two local authorities. Pilot testing with demographically representative sample of 805 children age 8 – 18 across two local authorities. Reliability (test-retest) and validity (face validity/concurrent validity).

10 My Life in Scotland: Domains About meMy life How I see myself My family My friends Where I live My time School & learning Freedom to be me My healthHow I feel

11 Next Steps My Life in Scotland has been developed as a tool for measuring children and young people’s views on wellbeing from 8 to 18 years old. It provides a tool for reporting on wellbeing and the GIRFEC wellbeing indicators – it recognises the imperative to include children’s voices. We recognise the need to do some work on particular elements: ‘about me’/demographics and to confirm relevance of the tool with young people who have left school. Finding partners to progress the use of the tool.

12 Dr Colin Morrison, Co-Director Chelsea Stinson, Children’s Voices Manager


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