Office of the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland consults with parents
Sarah-Louise Davies, Participation and Engagement Officer for the Children & Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, visited our 101 Project, in Dundee, on the 03 November 2015. The visit was part of an ongoing consultation that the Commissioner’s Office is currently undertaking in relation to children’s rights. A group of parents met with Ms. Davies to discuss matters in relation to babies and very young children.
So far the Commissioner’s Office have spoken and listened to children aged 4 and 18. This was called ‘a RIGHT Blether’. Then children between 2 and 5 were consulted. This was known as ‘a RIGHT wee blether’. Parents, carers and early year’s specialists all played a vital role in this lively conversation by encouraging children to create a Wee Book About Me and to capture their thoughts and feelings in Our Wee Story.
The Children’s Commissioner is now very excited to begin work with parents and carers of babies and very young children, to find out how they can best celebrate, promote, and encourage the bonding and loving relationship between families and their babies from birth onwards.
The visit to the 101 Project enabled parents and carers to see some of the resources the Commissioner’s office has produced, and to give their views and ideas about the best way to do this for young children and babies. They were very creative in their suggestions about what resources could be developed and were keen that any resources would be able to be personalised for their own families. Ms. Davies was very impressed by the parents’ participation and contributions and she said she now had more of a vision about how the next part of this journey and new resources might look.
Ms Davies said there will be other opportunities in the near future as the consultation progresses and the 101 Project have agreed to continue to actively support parents within this, to ensure they are given the opportunity for their voices to be heard in the shaping of policy that affects their families.