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Statement on the British Youth Council

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Commenting on the closure of the British Youth Council, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Mollie McGoran MSYP, said:

“The closure of our friends and partners at the British Youth Council is deeply sad news and on behalf of SYP, our thoughts are particularly with the board, staff and young people involved.

BYC has given a regional, national and international voice to young people across the UK for over 75 years. SYP has had the privilege of working alongside BYC for over 20 years.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is clear: children and young people have an article 12 right for their views to be heard. The closure of BYC marks the loss of one of the key outlets young people across the UK can use to make their voice heard and hold decision makers to account.

Youth work changes lives. The impact youth workers up and down the country have on young people every day is enormous and long lasting and can be seen by the outpouring of support towards BYC since the announcement.  I want to reiterate our support to standing up for youth work and youth voice across the UK.”

Mollie McGoran MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament

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