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About My Rights, My Say

The organisations behind My Rights, My Say

My Rights, My Say supports children in Scotland aged 12-15 with additional support needs to exercise their rights to be involved in decisions about their support in school. It’s independent, confidential, easy to use, and supports children to speak up about what they need to learn.

Our Vision  
Our vision is that children and young people with additional support needs can share their views and be involved in decisions about the support they get with their learning.  
 
Our Values  
Our values guide the way that we work within our teams, and with our partners and colleagues in other organisations. They have been shaped by our staff, our board and the young people we support.  

Child-centred  
Everything we do is guided by the rights of children and young people.  

Flexible  
We can adapt the way that we gather views. The young person is in control and we will find a way that works for them and their families.   

Collaborative  
We are a partnership service and our strength comes from the knowledge and experience in our teams and the young people we are guided by.   

Supportive and Empowering  
We support young people to have their rights respected and their voices heard. 
 

We are also guided by the Vision Statement of the Inclusion Ambassadors for Scotland, a group of secondary school-aged pupils who have a range of additional support needs and attend a variety of school provision. 

Click here to read their Vision Statement which sets out how schools can help pupils with additional support needs to feel more included and supported. 

Find out about our great team below.

My Rights, My Say is a partnership between Enquire, Partners in Advocacy, Children in Scotland and Cairn Legal. Each partner offers different services:

The people behind My Rights, My Say

The people behind My Rights, My Say

Hi, my name is Marie and my job is to help young people aged 12-15 to get their views heard in decisions that will affect their experience of school.

I have worked with children and young people for more than 15 years in the Netherlands, Kenya and Denmark, which is where I am from. I love that every time I speak to a young person, I learn something new. No two children are the same and I love finding good ways for all children to share their views in a way that is meaningful to them.

A big part of my job is to speak to schools and local authorities to help them find new ways to listen to children and promote children’s rights. It is so important to me that children’s views are not just something people say they will do, but something that actually happens!

In my free time, I love going for walks and listening to music. I am a big sci-fi fan and love reading books about anything that is space or fantasy related!

My name is Sarah-Jane and I co-ordinate all the advocacy support for My Rights, My Say.

I first started in Independent Advocacy as I wanted to help young people’s voices to be heard. I work as a children’s counsellor in another job which means I hear how young people feel about things going on in their life, and I realised that young people themselves know what would help them best, which is why I wanted to become an advocate.

I really enjoy helping young people and advocating for them to get the right support, it a fantastic job!

When I’m not at work I spend time with my family, friends and my 4 dogs so that keeps me really busy! I am a big kid at heart and love all things Disney and marvel. I also love going to the pictures and to comedy shows.

Hi, I’m Iain and I provide legal representation for My Rights, My Say.

I’m an independent education law consultant and I specialize in additional support needs law. I’m the principal author of the “A-Z of Scots Education Law – A guide for parents” (Consumer Focus Scotland). I’m the Convener of the School Closure Review Panels and a Consultant Solicitor with Cairn Legal. I have a strong reputation on equality law matters, particularly cases involving disabled children.

Out of work I’m a bit of a “gamer” particularly board games, card games and social deduction games. I’m a big fan of rugby (watching other people playing not playing myself!) and I do a spot of singing too. I run a youth club and I help out at a Boys Brigade group.

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Hi, I’m Lucy and I help raise awareness about children and young people’s rights to additional support for learning.

I do this by working directly with children, young people and the adults that support them – both in schools and the community.

It has always been really important to me that children are listened to and involved in their education. Before I came to My Rights, My Say I was a teacher. This means I know first-hand about the challenges that children and young people face and how being included in decisions about their support can make such a difference.

When I’m not thinking about children’s rights, I seem to spend most of my time renovating my house with my family – I love DIY, gardening and baking and you will always find me at my happiest when I’m eating some delicious food with friends!

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Hi, I’m Susie and I work with young advisors on the My Rights, My Say service.

I work with young people who have used the My Rights, My Say service before to ensure that their views and experiences help to shape the service for other young people.

I also lead on the service’s communications work, including our social media.

Outside of this role I’m an artist, often working with clay and other messy things. I often find that young people have the best creative ideas and I love working with them on creative projects.

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Hello, we’re the Enquire helpline team.

We provide advice and information to help parents, carers and practitioners understand additional support for learning. We hope our advice and information helps families and schools work together so children get the support they need in school. As partners in My Rights, My Say we provide advice and information about the rights of children with additional support needs aged 12 – 15 and the help and support My Rights, My Say offers. We are all incredibly proud of the work we do particularly when we receive positive feedback about our advice making a difference to a child’s experience of school.

We all come from various backgrounds including teaching, autism advice and support, policy work and mentoring which we feel is what makes us such a strong team.