Manifestos for the Scottish Parliament election 2016

The 2016 Scottish Parliament election is to be held on Thursday 5th May to elect 129 members to the Scottish Parliament.

A number of manifestos are being launched in the run-up to the Holyrood elections, to influence the decisions made by whichever party forms the next Scottish Government. A number of Together's members have published manifestos outlining their recommendations for a future government, based on their work with children and young people. Find out more and access the manifestos below (the list will be regularly updated).


Child Rights Manifesto

Collated by a group of members of the Cross Party Group for Children and Young People (including Together)

This values-based manifesto represents the views of over 3500 children and young people and calls all current and candidate MSPs to sign the Child Rights Manifesto & become a #ChildRightsChamp.

Manifesto for the formulation of healthcare policy

By Action for Sick Children Scotland (ASCS)

ASCS calls upon the Scottish Government, elected Members of the Scottish Parliament, and those responsible for the formulation of healthcare policy, to ensure that the healthcare rights of all children and young people are upheld in line with the European Association for Children in Hospital (EACH) Charter, which is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).


Programme for Scottish Government 2016-2021

By the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland

Ahead of the May elections, CPAG have set out a programme for the next Scottish Government to eradicate child poverty in their new manifesto.


#willyoucommit Manifesto

By Scottish Women's Aid

Scottish Women's Aid are calling on all political parties to commit to improvements around domestic abuse in four key areas over the lifetime of the next Parliament and asking candidates to commit to securing access to justice, a safe home and safe contact for women and children.


Lead the Way Manifesto 2016-2021

By the Scottish Youth Parliament

On 12 March 2016, the Scottish Youth Parliament Launched Lead the Way at their 59th National Sitting in Galashiels. The Manifesto has received 72,744 consultation responses from young people all over Scotland, and provides SYP with a mandate to represent the views of young people.


Manifesto for Out of School Care in Scotland


SOSCN's manifesto has been developed through feedback from the sector and contains 7 asks which are considered achievable within the current political and financial climate.


Improving the Lives of LGBTi Young People in Scotland

By LGBT Youth Scotland

LGBT Youth Scotland announces its manifesto calling for the Scottish Government and public bodies to take action to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) young people. Despite changes in Scottish legislation over the past decade, LGBTI young people continue to face significant and multiple forms of prejudice and discrimination.


YMCA Scotland Manifesto

By the YMCA Scotland

The YMCA Scotland's manifesto was launched on March 5th, and the document sets out their priorities and recommendations that will support young people to play active, fulfilling roles in the community, and help them to achieve their full potential. The manifesto is an opportunity to support young people's "We Believe" statements.


Manifesto Maze

By the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland

The Manifesto Maze outlines some of the barriers children and young people come up against when trying to exercise their rights, based on what they've told the Commissioner is important to them. The Maze calls for politicians to let the Commissioner's office know how they plan to support them in working towards solutions.


1000 Voices Manifesto

By Who Cares? Scotland

This manifesto was written by care experienced young people and outlines their ambitions to create the most caring nation in the world.


Stonewall Scotland LGBT Manifesto 2016

By Stonewall Scotland

This manifesto calls for education to be at the heart of a changing Scotland. The manifesto calls for whichever party forms the next Scottish Government to ensure that young people leave school prepared for a modern Scotland where LGBT equality is celebrated.


Securing a better future for Scotland's vulnerable children and young people

By the Scottish Children's Services Coalition (SCSC)

This manifesto focuses on four key areas (mental health, additional support for learning, training & employment and independent advocacy), ensuring that the rising numbers of those requiring support are receiving it in a timely manner.


Manifesto for Play 2016

By Play Scotland

Scotland's play council is calling for all political parties to further support and invest in children's play because of the proven benefits to children, families and communities and pledge to make Scotland the best place to play.

  • Find out more by emailing Play Scotland here.


Children in Scotland Manifesto 2016-2021

By Children in Scotland

To ensure that Scotland becomes a world leader in securing the wellbeing of every child and improving the quality of every childhood, the manifesto calls for three key areas of change: Participation and inclusion, early intervention and prevention, and inequalities and poverty.


#YouthWorkChangesLives: A call to action

By YouthLink Scotland

The manifesto calls for investment in youth work, in young people and communities, and in fairness and equality.


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