You Decide


This gives you access to a resource from the Scottish Youth Parliament. It is aimed at Pupil Councils but adapts well to getting young people interested and involved in decision-making in lots of different environments and situations, including as part of PSYV.


On completion PSYV's will be able:

  • To participate in decision making

  • To raise awareness of the Scottish Youth Parliament

  • To highlight ways to get involved in decision-making in a number of different bodies


Group room or classroom


4 to 8 x 30 minute blocks.


Activity 1: Starter

Start by listing all the ways YV's can think of where they have had an opportunity to get involved in decision making, such as:

  • Pupil Council

  • PSYV

  • Scottish Youth Parliament

As of they know about wider opportunities, at what age they can vote in different elections and how they feel about getting involved.

Activity 2: Interactives

Now try some of the activities from the resource pack. You could start with the 'Dramatic Scene', 'Hopes and Fears' or 'Fact or Fiction'.

Activity 3: Present Your Issues

Splitting into smaller groups of 3 or 4, try presenting your issues by agreeing three issues to work on such as:

  • one about PSYV,

  • one about volunteering

  • one about something in the local community that matters to young people

  • one about Scotland.

Activity 4: Roles & Campaigning

You can now move onto some of the other activities that go deeper into roles of office bearers and campaigning.

Activity 5: SYP Campaigns

You can explore some of the SYP campaigns or think about some of the issues where Police Scotland needs the views of members and can involve PSYV in decision-making.

Follow Up

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Once you have delivered this session, complete this review.

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