Helping to create the next
generation of civic leaders in Scotland

Being Heard provides – for the first time – details of what is happening within all 32 Scottish Councils when it comes to young people’s participation and engagement with decision makers; gives the current statutory requirements regarding youth engagement; highlights how the electoral system can be adjusted to allow better age-equality levels of elected members in Scotland by following a Norwegian model; and undertakes studies into the key initiatives being used in Scotland today to engage young people in decision making, including interviews with young people and adults in the front line.

Initiatives studied include:

Young People Serving on Committees

An Appointed Youth Convener

Councillors as Young People Champions

Youth Councils

Young People’s Cabinets

Children’s Champions Boards

Participatory Budgeting



©2018 John Ross Scott and Kristopher Leask