A Right Blether exhibition

Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children & Young People

The Children’s Parliament engaged with 400 children between the ages of 6 and 14 and asked what we need to do in Scotland to make sure every child is safe, happy and healthy.

An exhibition has been installed in Randall House which shows some of the children and young people’s responses as part of the ‘Right Blether’ with the Children’s Commissioner for Scotland Tam Baillie. Five East Lothian Primary Schools took part in the process.
 I hope you can take a chance to have a look at it as well as the accompanying paperwork.

Should you have any questions about the exhibition, Lisa Shine, our involvement officer would be happy to help.

Still time to send in your ‘RIGHT blether’ vote results by Friday 21st January

Ballot boxWe’ve received this update from Tam Baillie:A Right Blether: What's important to you?

Dear RIGHT blether supporter,

First of all, a very Happy New Year to you all.

The winter weather was challenging for us all towards the end of 2010 and because of this the deadline for the RIGHT blether vote was extended to enable as many of you as possible to run your voting sessions.

If you haven’t managed to send your results to us yet – you do still have time. Please send them to my office by email (blether@sccyp.org.uk) or by post in the FREEPOST envelope provided by Friday 21st January so that we can count your results in the final total. Any results received after that date will unfortunately not be able to be processed.
If you intend to send in results to us by Friday 21st January, please let us know asap by emailing the blether team at blether@sccyp.org.uk.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 0131 558 3733.

The results of the vote will be discussed with a wide and exciting range of adult decision and policy makers from across Scotland on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th of February at the RIGHT BIG blether event at Stirling’s Macrobert Centre, and children and young people from Scotland’s schools, groups and organisations are invited to take part. Look out for more information about how you can get involved next week.

Best wishes,


Tam and a group of children
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

A RIGHT Blether

A RIGHT Blether: Voting period extended until 7th December

Ballot boxWe’ve received this update from Tam Baillie:Tam and a group of children

Huge thanks to all of you who have been busy helping children and young people across Scotland vote this month.

Because of the current wintery conditions the voting period has been extended!

You can now vote online at www.arightblether.co.uk and in your voting centre until 7th December. If you are a voting centre, please return your recording sheet as soon as you can after your vote.

You can find copies of the Voting Centre Contact Details Sheet and the Results Recording Sheet at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/resources-and-guidance.html – please make sure that you send both of them back to us to let us know your results. Instructions on how to count your votes are at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/How_to_vote_and_count_the_results.pdf

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team in the office on 0131 558 3733.

 Best wishes,


 Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Register your RIGHT blether voting centre and party now

This is a message from Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, who hosted a recent “a RIGHT Blether” national Glow Meet at Campie Primary School.

A Right Blether: What's important to you?

With November rapidly approaching, it’s almost time for the RIGHT blether vote, when children and young people from across Scotland have the chance to tell me what they think are the most important issues that I should work on to improve their lives.

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Can you run a RIGHT blether voting centre?

One of the most important parts of the consultation is making sure that as many children and young people as possible are able to cast their votes in November. You can help make this possible by setting up a RIGHT blether voting centre in your school, youth club, or other organisation. Your voting centre can be open for a day, a week or for the whole month of November. You can also help children and young people vote online.

It’s really easy to be a voting centre and we will help you by sending you a support pack with ballot boxes, voting cards, posters and other materials to make it a fantastic event –  have a look at the Voting Centre Guidelines at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/How_to_run_a_RIGHT_blether_Voting_Centre.pdf
and instructions on how to vote and count the results at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/How_to_vote_and_count_the_results.pdf

21st Birthday Cake
Are you celebrating the 21st birthday of the UNCRC?

November 20th 2010 is the 21st Birthday of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). To mark this special birthday I am asking you to host a special UNCRC celebration event or party. We have party packs and ideas to send you – and it might be great to do a voting session and celebration event at the same time.

Let us know!

If you’re going to run a voting centre and/or UNCRC birthday party, let us know by downloading and filling in the form at http://www.arightblether.co.uk/downloads/Voting_centre%20and_party_registration_form.doc (click on this link and then select “Save” in the pop-up window)
and returning it by email to administration@sccyp.org.uk or by post to Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People, 85 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AU.

Once we have your details we’ll send everything you need to run a voting centre or your party pack to help you celebrate the UNCRC birthday.

Please return your completed form by Wednesday 20th October.

 Thanks again for all your support of a RIGHT blether – I’m very much looking forward to seeing the results of voting sessions and parties across the country. Please do pass this information on to anyone else you think would be interested in getting involved.



Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People


Tam and a group of children

A RIGHT Blether

This is the video Jenna refers to in the comment below. If you’re not sure what a RIGHT Blether is about it’s a great introduction.

Thanks are due to the RIGHT Blether team for permission to embed this video on any www.edubuzz.org site. Why not embed it on your site? Right click on the video, choose “Copy video URL” and paste it on a line of its own in your post.


Join Tam Baillie and Campie students for national “A RIGHT Blether” Glow Meet

Tam Baillie, Scotland's Commissioner for Children & Young People

Join Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People for a Glow Meet hosted by Campie Primary School in Musselburgh on Wednesday, September 15th at 11am.

Join Tam and the pupils of the school as they make right brilliant things (and find out how you can too!). Tam will be talking about how you can get involved in ‘a RIGHT blether’ and how you can get ready to vote in November.

Tam will also be answering YOUR questions so make sure that you can join us that day. You can also leave questions.

More details: https://portal.glowscotland.org.uk/establishments/nationalsite/SCCYP/Lists/Pages/a%20RIGHT%20blether.aspx (Glow login required)