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Citizenship - Views aired and shared

An eight-month trawl of children and young people's views will end when they are shared with policy-makers in Stirling next month.

Children's Commissioner Tam Baillie, through his "A Right Blether" initiative, has heard from 80,000 young people in that time, from all corners of Scotland.

The process included a nationwide ballot in November to coincide with the 21st anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Voters were asked to identify their priorities for policy-makers, and Mr Baillie promised to act on their concerns.

Guests at the March 7 event, in Stirling University's Macrobert Centre, will include Education Secretary Michael Russell, Children and Early Years Minister Adam Ingram, and Mr Baillie's equivalent commissioner in Northern Ireland, Patricia Lewsley.

The event, hosted by comedian and social commentator Susan Morrison, is free but places are limited. Applications should arrive by February 18. BIGblether_registrationand_permission_form.doc.

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