Dundee praised for high youth engagement

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Dundee City Council has been highlighted as being “an exemplar” in engaging young people with the political decision-making process.

The recent Scotland-wide ‘Being Heard: One Year On’ report has praised the Council for high standards in many areas, including engagement and representation.

The report goes on to raise specific positive measures taken by the Council, such as the Dundee Youth Fund which can award up to £25,000 to projects and activities run for and by young people every year, the Champion’s Board for looked after children, and the regular meetings held by Councillors, local members of the Scottish Youth Parliament and the Dundee Youth Council to discuss specific issues of concern for young people.

Furthermore, the Council’s inclusion of young people in the political process has been commended with focus on the young person’s representative, nominated by the city-wide Pupil Council, who continues to serve as a non-voting member on the city’s Children and Families Committee.

Councillor Bill Campbell, Children and Young Persons’ spokesperson (Young People’s Champion), said: “This is great recognition of the engagement work that is being carried out throughout the city.

“Young people are eager to get involved and it’s important we keep providing them with more opportunities to be heard and included.

“First hand, as the Young People’s Champion, I see the great ideas, passion and work young people provide when working with the Council and its partners.

“It is vital that we continue this and carry on with young people influencing the decisions that affect them.”

The ‘Being Heard: One Year On’ report can be viewed in full on the Being Heard Scotland website.

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