Scottish Youth Parliament


We are a fundamentally rights-based organisation. We are passionate about making young people aware of their rights, and ensuring that local and national government deliver policies that allow those rights to be upheld, respected and taken into account by our nation's decision-makers.

The Scottish Youth Parliament's campaign, Right Here, Right Now, seeks to do just that.

Following a consultation with more than 5,000 young people across the nation, Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) voted at the June 2017 Sitting in West Dunbartonshire to focus all their efforts on the rights of young people in Scotland.

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.