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Children "must be meaningfully involved" in IndyRef2 plans

Children in Scotland has repeated its call for children and young people to be given clear and accessible information about plans for a second referendum on Scottish independence.
 
Following Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement today of her intention to seek a second referendum, Children in Scotland's Head of Policy Amy Woodhouse said: “Today we reiterate the points set out in our response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill in January. 
 
“We remain strongly supportive of 16 and 17-year-olds being able to vote in any future referendum and hope they will be able to engage meaningfully in debates and campaigns during the run-up.

"We would also like to see lessons learned from the 2014 referendum, with guidance published to help families and staff within schools discuss the issue with children of all ages.

"Even young children were very aware that something significant was happening during the 2014 referendum and had a range of questions and concerns about it.

"The guidance should be designed to support open, age-appropriate discussion about the process and purpose of the referendum that will increase their knowledge and understanding of political processes in Scotland and enable them to share their views and priorities around this significant event.  
 
“Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that all children and young people have a right to have a say in things that affect their lives. Clearly an independence referendum qualifies.”

 
Read Children in Scotland’s full response to the Consultation on a Draft Referendum Bill here.