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The life chances of young people in Scotland: an evidence review for the First Minister’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality

The life chances of young people in Scotland: an evidence review for the First Minister’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality

Monday, July 3, 2017

ISBN: 9781788510721

An evidence review of the life chances of young people in Scotland prepared for the First Minister’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality.

Executive Summary

The First Minister’s Independent Advisor on Poverty and Inequality commissioned the Scottish Government to carry out an evidence review exploring the challenges facing young people in Scotland. The review focuses primarily on young people aged 16 to 24 and their transition from school to adulthood, although relevant outcomes for age 11 to 15 are also considered. The review firstly discusses what the available evidence tells us about young people’s life chances across the following topics: poverty, wealth and financial capability; housing circumstances; employment and labour market outcomes; education and training; health and wellbeing; and youth justice. It then explores how young people’s life chances are shaped by area deprivation and other forms of disadvantage, and protected characteristics