What we do
The Forum promotes the active participation of children and young people with additional support needs in the development of policy and the evaluation of service provision.
The Forum supports Inspire Highland, currently two groups of young people, one school age and one post-school. These inspiring young people identify their priorities in terms of areas of policy and practice they want to influence. Inspire Highland members are then supported to develop strategy and take action towards their goals. Currently both groups have developed and delivered disability awareness training for education professionals. They have made videos available from the Forum's Facebook page and have presented to conferences.
Members of Inspire Highland are also part of the national Young Ambassadors for Inclusion and the Highland One World group.
The Forum hosts the Highland "Youth Action Success" for the Scottish Government Disabled Children and Young People's Advisory group.
The Forum seeks to stay at the front of policy development and service evaluation to ensure that the voice of children and young people is influential in bringing about better outcomes for them and their families. The Policy Lead continues to seek to hold services and policy makers to account regarding listening to children and young people's view and taking their views into consideration in decision making in support of their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children and young people are involved in contributing those views directly wherever possible.
The Forum is currently working on some exciting projects with children and young people: Highland Young Ambassadors for Inclusion; Digital Wellbeing Tool; positive messages about disability and sexual health and relationships; improving access to public transport.
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