Youth Commissioners tackle bullying

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Youth Commissioners have been appointed to tackle bullying among young people as part of a project led by Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure.

The Youth Commission comprises 22 young people who are aged between 14 and 19 years old and who were appointed following a rigorous selection process which looked at their decision making, communication and leadership skills.

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People Tam Baillie met the Youth Commissioners recently to learn more about the work they will carry out in their local communities.

The Commissioner said he was keen to hear the views of young people on bullying which he sees as a serious problem that can have such tragic repercussions, as two recent cases of cyber-bullying have shown.

“This initiative by Aberdeenshire Council is a fantastic example of adults taking the views of children and young people seriously, listening to them and ensuring their voice directly influences policy making,” said the Commissioner.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee approved the creation of the Youth Commission in Aberdeenshire in March as part of a project to reshape and modernise approaches to bullying in Aberdeenshire schools.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee Councillor Isobel Davidson said: “I am delighted to welcome 22 young people from across Aberdeenshire to the Youth Commission.

“Bullying is a serious issue and we should do as much as we can to combat this behaviour in our schools.”