Children and young people's participation: practice examples

Case studies of organisations who have engaged with children and young people.

Young Gypsy Traveller Assembly

On 11 December 2017, the Government launched the Race Equality Action Plan, which includes a specific section on Gypsy/Travellers. In February 2018, a Ministerial Working Group on Gypsy/Travellers met for the first time (the group is working with the Gypsy/Traveller community to draft actions to improve the lives of Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland). 

An action plan, Improving the lives of Scotland's Gypsy/Travellers, was published in October 2019.

During the Year of Young People, the Government extended efforts to involve young Gypsy/Travellers in policy development in 2018. Members of the Young Gypsy Traveller Assembly – which officially launched in April 2018 to strengthen the voice of young Gypsy/Travellers in Scotland – were also closely involved in the work of the Ministerial Working Group, attending and speaking at the May 2018 meeting, which focused on education.

Also, young Gypsy/Travellers were engaged in the planning and delivery of events for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month; and the art and design work of Gypsy/Traveller children was exhibited as part of a Scottish Government-funded project run by STEP (previously the Scottish Traveller Education Programme) between 30 October and 2 November 2018.  

Going forward, the Scottish Government plans to continue engaging young Gypsy/Travellers in a range of ways, including through Article 12, through the Gypsy/Traveller Women’s Voices Project (which engages girls and women of all ages) and through the Traveller Education Network.


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