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Youth passport up and running

1 July 04

The Young Citizen's Passport Scotland, produced in association with the Society, offers a pocket-sized guide to legal issues most relevant to young people

Young people in Scotland now have a pocket-size guide, produced in association with the Society, offering simple guidance to those areas of the law most relevant to their lives.

The Young Citizen’s Passport Scotland, based on an England and Wales publication already in its ninth edition, is the idea of the Citizenship Foundation, an independent educational charity which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society. The Foundation joined with the Society and educational publisher Hodder Gibson to create the Scottish version.

Aimed at 14-19 year olds, as a resource for teachers, mentors, youth workers and personal advisers as well as individuals, the “Passport” contains 12 chapters of practical advice and information on the law in Scotland and how it affects young people. Included are sections on safety, health, relationships, education, work, travel, money, human rights, and the criminal process. Over 100 bodies are listed as contacts for further advice.

Deputy Justice Minister Hugh Henry, who formally launched the booklet at the Signet Library before 60 secondary school pupils from across Scotland, said: “The Young Citizen’s Passport Scotland will help raise awareness of the importance of citizenship. It sets out in clear terms the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in modern Scotland. … Effective information like this allows young people to make effective choices, and helps them be responsible citizens.”

Douglas Mill, Chief Executive of the Society, commented: “We are delighted to support Young Citizen’s Passport Scotland. Young people should have easy access to the law and information on how it relates to them.

“School leavers will face situations every day where the law has a direct impact on their lives and the Passport will be an invaluable reference point for what to do and where to go when that happens.”

The “Passport” costs £3.99 but bulk purchases are heavily discounted.