Local MSYP discusses the issues with the Children’s Minister

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THE Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for Kincardine and Mearns, Andrew Deans, was recently given the chance to interview the Minister for children, Aileen Campbell MSP as part of the Scottish Government’s Well being Week.

The nineteen-year-old was invited to interview the Minister and discuss various issues with her including the Government’s getting it right for every child approach.

Speaking about his experience Mr Deans said it was very worthwhile.

He said: “It was a really good experience I had met the minister before but never really got the chance tot alk to her about the issues for Scotland and young people in Scotland. I was pleased the Scottish Government approached the Scottish Youth Parliament to take part in Wellbeing week.”

He explained that he was given the opportunity to ask the minister about the issues affecting young people in Scotland and that the getting it right for every child initiative. He said this is an initiative he supports.

He said: “ I think it’s a very very good idea. It makes alot of sense to me. There are places in Scotland that are doing things well and there are services that are doing things well but we have to make sure every service is doing things well. For every child in the country services should work together. It should mean that no matter who you are and no matter where you come from you will have this approach to meet your needs.”

Aileen Campbell, Minister for Children and Young People, said: “Andrew has committed a lot of time and effort to representing others as a MYSP and I’m delighted that he volunteered to take part in Wellbeing Week to help explain what support children, young people, and families can expect across Scotland and where they can turn for help.

“It was really interesting for me to take part in the interview with Andrew and see his understanding of the ‘Getting It Right for Every Child’ approach – putting children’s best interests at the heart of children’s services. Our research shows that investing in helping children in their early years greatly reduces issues in later life, and people like Andrew are vital in helping us make Scotland the best place in the world to grow up.”

Andrew Deans represents Angus North and Mearns as an MSYP and is the Convener of the Scottish Youth Parliament’s Health and Wellbeing Committee, a position he was first elected to in June 2010.