Young Scot Observatory

Young Scot Observatory

Welcome to the Young Scot Observatory.

The Young Scot Observatory is a collection of insights into the experiences, thoughts , ideas and recommendations of thousands of young people across Scotland.

Please explore the collection of insights within our library.

If you can't find what you are looking for here, why not drop us a line to see if we can help through our Co-design or Observatory services.

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Level Up

Level Up

SQW, in partnership with Young Scot, was commissioned by the Scottish Government to co-design and deliver research into young people’s experience of the education and training system in Scotland.

The report to the Scottish Government covers young people's experience of their learner journey from the age of 15-24 years.
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Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse

Young Scot was asked by the Scottish Government to consider the views of young people throughout Scotland on peer-led approaches to substance misuse education. This report details the process and young people’s views.
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Stagecoach Survey

Stagecoach Survey

Stagecoach – Britain’s biggest bus operator – worked with Young Scot to look at young people’s thought and attitudes towards public transport services.
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Excite.ed

Excite.ed

Young Scot, Children in Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament delivered Excite.Ed between September 2016 and January 2017. Excite.Ed involved working with children and young people to understand their perspectives identify the changes needed to deliver an improved and fairer education system in Scotland.
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The Future of Europe

The Future of Europe

Organised by the Scottish Government and Young Scot, young Scots and young people from other Europe examined how to promote Human Rights, improve international security, increase opportunities for working and living across Europe, encourage more people to study or travel across Europe and the environment.
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Digital Learning

Digital Learning

The Scottish Government commissioned Young Scot to gather the views of young people on digital learning and teaching. The report details how young people use digital technology in their learning today and how they see digital technology being used in education in the future.
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Teenage Pregnancy and Young Parent Strategy

Teenage Pregnancy and Young Parent Strategy

Young Scot worked with the Scottish Government to formulate a co-design methodology to engage young people in the development of the Teenage Pregnancy and Young Parent Strategy.
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Young People and Nature

Young People and Nature

A survey by ReRoute called Young People in Nature found nearly three quarters  (74 per cent) enjoy spending time in nature and that one in nine (87 per cent) agree we need to protect the natural environment.
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Shaping our Spaces

Shaping our Spaces

Working with Pidgin Perfect, for the Scottish Government, Shaping our Spaces explored the inclusion of young people in decision-making processes around the built environment.
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Fairer Future Panel

Fairer Future Panel

Written by the Fairer Future Panel, who have been supported by Young Scot, the ‘Young People’s Ideas for Race Equality in Scotland’ report includes 40 ideas for the Scottish Government and advance race equality, tackle racism, and address the barriers that prevent people from minority ethnic communities from realising their potential.
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Safety on School Buses

Safety on School Buses

Transport Scotland worked with Young Scot to gather the thoughts and views of 646 young people through a survey and qualitative research on bus safety to provide insight into how to encourage safety on school buses and coaches.
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Access to Sanitary Products

Access to Sanitary Products

A survey developed by Young Scot and the Scottish Government found that, in the last year, around one-in-four (26%) survey respondents at school, college or university had struggled to access sanitary products.
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Anti-loitering devices

Anti-loitering devices

Research by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot on anti-loitering devices ("mosquito" devices) has found that young people are concerned for their health and being labelled as anti-social.
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Heritage Blueprint

Heritage Blueprint

Commissioned by Scotland’s largest conservation charity the National Trust for Scotland, the Young Scot Heritage Blueprint group examined how to encourage more young people to explore and engage with Scotland’s heritage.
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Dear Health

Dear Health

Young Scot worked with the Scottish Government to gather insight into young people’s perceptions and experiences of health and wellbeing by gathering anonymous letters.
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Healthier Scotland

Healthier Scotland

The Healthier Scotland Youth Investigation Team set out a report with the changes young people would like to see in health and social care across Scotland.

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Perceptions of Brexit

Perceptions of Brexit

A survey of almost 600 young people by Young Scot – supported by the Scottish Government – found that more than two thirds (70%) think it “isn’t a good result”.

42% of young Scots believe that Brexit has already affected them and a fifth (19%) say it made them change their plans or ambitions. Over a third (35%) say it won’t change their plans. Reads the full report to find our more

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Reroute Report

Reroute Report

A new report by Scotland’s national youth biodiversity panel, ReRoute, has set out how Scotland’s young people can better connect with nature in our cities and countryside, with improved access to jobs.
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Loneliness Report

Loneliness Report

Young Scot created an online survey to gather insight into young people’s thoughts and experiences of loneliness.
The activity was hosted on the Young Scot Rewards platform between 26th August and 2nd November 2016 using
Young Scot’s preferred third-party tool Survey Gizmo
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Austrian partnership project Manual

Austrian partnership project Manual

Young Scot and aha have been working together for the past two years to share learning and best practice on the Young Scot Rewards programme. This collaboration supported the launch of aha’s new recognition programme “aha plus” in Vorarlberg/Austria in November 2017. Read the manual to find out more.
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Thanks to our brilliant supporters

Young people care passionately about the issues affecting them, their families, friends and communities, and the Young Scot Youth Investigation Team has embraced this opportunity to contribute to our ‘Creating a Healthier Scotland’ national conversation.

A Healthier Scotland Shona Robison - Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport