As a children and young people’s charity, MYPAS aims to take a rights-based approach to all aspects of our work, including service design and delivery. This means working collaboratively alongside children, young people and their families to ensure their voices are heard and that your best interests are considered in all decisions that affect you.
At MYPAS, children, young people and their families have the right to:
- be treated with respect
- express your feelings
- tell us what you need from us
- ask any questions you might have
- get clear and accurate information
- a confidential space
- not be judged in any way
- make suggestions on how to improve things
In return, MYPAS asks you to:
- treat everyone with respect
- attend your appointments, or take the time to cancel if you cannot attend
- respect our buildings and equipment
- not harm yourself or anyone else
- be polite and reasonable; we will not tolerate aggression or violence towards our staff and others
- not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol when you attend
- follow reasonable requests from our staff
While everyone in Scotland has human rights, children and young people under the age of 18 have their own set of special rights too. Children’s rights are listed in a document called the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). These are a set of promises that make sure they’re treated fairly and looked after properly.
The key rights for children within the UNCRC come under three main areas:
PROTECTION RIGHTS – to keep you safe
PROVISION RIGHTS – to make sure you’re well looked after
PARTICIPATION RIGHTS – to make sure you always have your say and be listened to.
For more information on how to activate your rights, see the Young Scot webpage.