FMQT Next Generation

Children in Scotland and YouthLink Scotland are excited to be running the first ever First Minister’s Question Time (FMQT) that will give children and young people the opportunity to scrutinise the First Minister in person! This means FMQT will leave Holyrood and travel across Scotland, ensuring that the voices of children and young people are heard in Scottish politics.

The project, funded by Scottish Government as part of the Year of Young People, builds on work both ourselves and Children in Scotland are currently undertaking to promote the participation of children and young people in civic society. It is hoped that this will be the first of many FMQT Next Generation events and that future First Ministers will commit to the project and its ideals.

We hope that FMQT Next Generation will provide a platform for young people to not only have their views heard but also acted upon. It will play an important role in creating opportunities for children and young people to have a meaningful say about how Scotland is run, particularly for those too young to vote or who do not have opportunities to have their voices heard otherwise.

The event has been co-designed with young people who have formed a Design Team (10 young people) and an Online Support Team (9 young people). Decisions from the venue to the questions posed to the First Minister have been decided by the young people and they continue to be involved in the run-up to the first event, which has included a recent trip to STV studios.

The first event will take place on Wednesday 12th September in Glasgow. Children and young people aged from 8 to 18 (with an upper limit of 26 for those young people with additional support needs) can participate by being in the live audience and by using our dedicated resource which explains how to get involved while watching FMQT Next Generation on STV Player (available from 14th September).

Find out more about the journey the Design Team have been on so far in our video below which shows the first time they met the First Minister.

FMQT Next Generation supports the realisation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCR) by prioritising children and young people’s participation in matters affecting them.

Apply to be part of the audience

To express interest in attending, email events@childreninscotland.org.uk by 5pm Monday 6th August 2018. You will then be sent an information form to complete and return to us. Successful groups will be contacted with full details of the time and location of the event on Monday 13th August 2018.

Please note:

  • We are unable to provide any costs incurred to attend this event, for example, class cover or transport.
  • Expressions of interest do not guarantee audience places at the event.
  • Practitioners will not be participating in the event.
  • This event will be filmed and shared digitally.

Download the resource

A resource for teachers, youth workers, parents, carers and other practitioners working with children and young people has been put together to help encourage and guide involvement in FMQT Next Generation. The information and activities in this resource were designed to support the participation of children and young people in FMQT Next Generation.

Download the resource.

Planning on getting involved? Share your plans and activities on Twitter and Instagram using #FMQTNextGeneration!

Watch #FMQTNextGeneration

STV will be recording FMQT Next Generation and it will be available on STV Player from Friday 14th September for you to watch with children and young people, as well as being available on GLOW. You will also be able to watch part of the programme on Scotland Tonight on 13th September.

We will post a link to the programme when it becomes available.

More information

Take a look at a range of different blogs that have been written in the run-up to the first FMQT Next Generation:

  • Sally Henry, a member of the Online Design Team has written a blog about her experience of being involved in the project, take a look at the Children in Scotland website to hear her story so far.
  • Find out from Emily in her blog why young people's participation in politics is so important and how it fits in with the work YouthLink Scotland are doing around participation. 
  • Find out more about the design team and how they've been involved in Emma's blog on the Children in Scotland website. 
  • View all of our #FMQTNextGeneration videos on YouTube & hear from young people why they wanted to get involved!
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