Established in 1996, Children’s Parliament is Scotland’s centre of excellence for children’s human rights, participation and engagement. Through rights-based, creative practice, they provide younger children from diverse backgrounds across Scotland with opportunities to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings so that they can influence positive change in their lives at home, in school and in the community.
Their mission is to inspire greater awareness and understanding of the power of children’s human rights and to support implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) across Scotland.
As Scotland’s Climate Assembly members must be over the age of 16, the secretariat invited Children’s Parliament to support the participation and engagement of children under 16, to ensure their views, experiences and ideas are part of the discussions and calls to action going forward. To capture the diversity of children’s views and experiences, and to echo the process of the Assembly, Children’s Parliament is working with 100 children across Scotland from 10 schools. The children are a mixed gender, income and ethnicity group representing both urban and rural communities.
Katie Reid is the Project Lead for Children's Parliament's Climate Change investigation for the Climate Assembly. She works with children across Scotland aged up to 14 years of age to ensure their views, experiences and ideas inform national decision-making processes, academic research, community planning and development. Katie has a professional background in social research and children’s human rights advocacy at a community, national and international level, with a particular focus on children’s participation and psychosocial wellbeing. Katie is passionate about ensuring younger children are supported to understand their rights and participate in shaping the world around us. She holds an MSc in Childhood Studies and MA Honours in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh.
Sandra Rabbow is a Children's Voices Project Worker at Children's Parliament, supporting the children's climate change investigation for the Climate Assembly. She works with children across Scotland to make sure their voices are heard by decision makers so their experiences and views influence practice and policy-making that uphold children human rights. Sandra holds a MA in Education, Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies from the Free University of Berlin and has a specific interest in diversity and human rights education. Before starting her work with Children’s Parliament in 2017, she worked with often marginalised young people for different charities in Scotland and Germany. Sandra is passionate about combining a children’s human rights-based approach with creative methods like drama and the arts.
Sophia Georgescu is a Climate Change Project Worker at Children’s Parliament. She joined the team this summer, supporting children at Children’s Parliament to take forward their Calls to Action. Alongside Katie and Sandra, she works with younger children to facilitate their engagement with and meaningful contributions to decision making and community action to tackle the climate emergency. Sophia has an academic background in climate science and social movement research and has worked in a variety of education settings across outdoor and school learning. She is especially passionate about facilitating participatory processes that involve everyone in the decisions that affect their lives and futures, including younger children. She holds a BA in Geography from the University of Cambridge.