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Right Here, Right Now

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The rights of young people living in Scotland must be upheld, respected, and taken into account by our nation’s decision-makers, and the Scottish Youth Parliament’s campaign, Right Here, Right Now, fought to do just that. 

This campaign was successful in gaining confirmation that the UNCRC will be fully incorporated into Scots law by 2021.  

SYP’s 2016-21 youth manifesto, Lead the Way, which received more than 70,000 consultation responses, found that 76 percent agreed that:

‘The United National Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) should be fully incorporated into Scots law, and the rights of children and young people should be protected and promoted’.  

As a result, Right Here, Right Now will work to ensure that Scotland’s young people are aware of and understand their own rights, and are empowered to take action to defend their own rights and those of others.

Furthermore, Right Here, Right Now calls for Scotland’s decision-makers to take a human rights-based approach to all policy-making, service provision, and planning, ensuring young people’s voices are at the heart of decisions affecting them. 

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto has been developed as part of Right Here, Right Now. SYP is campaigning for young people’s rights to be defended during the Brexit negotiations. We identified five rights-based priorities as being of the most importance to young people.

Rights Outright: SYP’s Brexit Manifesto PDF
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If you would like to know more about the consultation, or the other five statements which were consulted on, please contact SYP’s Public Affairs and Policy Manager, Laura, at

Brexit Advocacy Toolkit 

As part of the Right Here, Right Now national campaign on young people’s rights, SYP felt that it was essential to have an objective to defend young people’s rights during the Brexit negotiations: to influence law, policy and practice in order to strengthen the protection of young people’s rights. 

In this advocacy toolkit, the External Affairs, UK and International Committee (EXA) will explain the clear aims and objectives of this toolkit and what they hope to achieve from these. It also includes analysis of the data which was drawn from the consultation conducted before SYP’s 64th National Sitting at the Scottish Parliament in October 2017, in addition to questions that will be put to our decision-makers based on findings. 

The EXA Committee hopes that through this advocacy toolkit, they accurately represent a snapshot of the views of Scotland’s young people during this period of uncertainty. 

Brexit Advocacy Toolkit PDF
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