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Every MSYP becomes member of one of our ten Subject Committees, each of which takes responsibility for a specific area of policy. Every June, newly formed Subject Committees meet with their newly elected Convener and Deputy Convener to make initial plans on what they would like to focus on throughout the year. They meet at each of the three SYP Sittings each year – in June, October and March.

Many engage with their counterpart Committees at the Scottish Parliament, the Scottish Government or other charities, carry out consultation work and invite guest speakers. See Committee’s top-line work plans below and get in touch if you wish to see a copy of their in-depth plans.

Culture and Media

Committee remit: the arts, Gaelic language, traditional Scottish culture (including music and dance), heritage and museums, the media, and tourism.  

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Raising awareness of and overcoming barriers to careers in culture and media.
  • Promotion of arts teaching and progression, involving more culture education.
  • Promotion of an education of the Gaelic language in schools around Scotland.

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Education and Lifelong Learning

Committee remit: school education, Further and Higher education, adult and community education.    

For 2019/20, the Education and Lifelong Committee are focusing on:

  • Introduction of Work Based Learning within Scotland’s secondary school.
  • Support for ASN young people.
  • PSHE.
  • Creating stronger links between SYP and Higher and Further Education Institutions.

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Equality and Human Rights

Committee remit: human rights (including the UNCRC), accessibility, issues related to disability, gender, race, sexuality and any other issues which arise as a result of barriers to access or discrimination.  

For the year 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Sibling separation.
  • Paid leave for domestic abuse victims.
  • Invisible disabilities.
  • Female Genital Mutilation.
  • Trans and non-binary inclusivity with SYP.

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External Affairs, UK and International Relations

Committee remit: UK and European legislation, relationships with Europe and the rest of the world, and reserved matters. 

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Refugee family reunification.
  • Educate young people of SYP’s input into Brexit and make further report on the impact of no deal on Scotland’s youth.
  • Establish a relationship with the European Youth Parliament.

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Health and Wellbeing

Committee remit: drugs, healthy living, medical costs, mental health, National Health Service, private healthcare, sexual health.  

For the year 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Promote self-care and educate young people on how to look after themselves.
  • Raise awareness of different physical and mental conditions and the effects they can have on a person’s life.
  • Reduce the stigma around talking about mental health.

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Jobs, Economy and Fair Work

Committee remit: economic growth and sustainability, entrepreneurship, employment opportunities and rights, government training schemes and initiatives, and non-formal education opportunities.   

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • To open communication with the ScotParl committee regarding currently existing SYP policy, as well as any ongoing ScotParl committee work if relevant.
  • To raise awareness of and continue to support the ‘Better Than Zero’ campaign.
  • To gain a better understanding around the wages of apprenticeships.

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Justice

Committee remit: police and criminal law, the justice system, and the European Convention on Human Rights.

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Tackling the unfair discrimination of young people by businesses and public services.
  • Improve the relations between the police force and young people.
  • Decriminalise approach to tackling substance abuse.

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Social Security

Committee remit: housing and area regeneration, poverty and deprivation, homelessness, family issues (including adoption, fostering, carers and the care system), community empowerment, and social security system. 

For 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Tackling youth hunger and food bank stigma.
  • Support and access to housing for care experienced young people.
  • Promotion of youth voice in the devolution of social security benefits.

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Sport and Leisure

Committee focus: sport and leisure facilities, grassroots sporting provision, national sporting achievement and diversity in sport. 

For the year 2019/20, this Committee are focusing on:

  • Equal opportunities to participate in sport.
  • Free swims for young people during school holidays.

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Transport, Environment and Rural Affairs

Committee remit: sustainable development, natural heritage, island issues, wildlife, farming and fishing, and land reform.  

For the year 2019/20, they will focus on:

  • Continue the legacy work of SYP’s All Aboard, with a focus on youth participation with ferry companies.
  • Increase the awareness of active & sustainable travel with young people across Scotland.
  • Hold Scottish Government accountable on work of increasing of rural connectivity (internet).
  • Raise awareness of mental health services in rural areas.

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