A two day meeting of the Scottish Youth Parliament has been held in Erskine. Over 130 members of the Scottish Youth Pariament (MSYP’s) gathered...

A two day meeting of the Scottish Youth Parliament has been held in Erskine.

Over 130 members of the Scottish Youth Pariament (MSYP’s) gathered at the Erskine Bridge Hotel for their latest quarterly meeting.

The meeting focused on the issue on Crime and Communities and the members held a series of discussions and workshops on the issue.

Guest speakers including Assistant Chief Constable Maureen Brown from ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers), Renfrewshire Council leader Derek Mackay and MSP Nigel Don who sits on the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee all spoke to the MSYP’s.

Renfrewshire Council leader Derek Mackay. “It was very encouraging to see the knowledge and commitment of the MSYP’s and their determination to make a difference to their communities as well as their own lives.”

“It’s very interesting on the chosen topic of Crime and Communities. Society often stereotypes young people as the perpetrators of crime.”

“A small proportion of young people do commit crimes. But we have to remember that the overwhelming majority of their victims are other young people.”

Councillor MacKay added: “It’s important that we look at all the issues, causes and effects of youth crime. The weekend’s discussions were an important step in that process.”

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson said: “I know a lot of hard work in preparing for the Erskine event was put in by Renfrewshire Youth Voice.”

“In the two years it has been in existence, Renfrewshire Youth Voice has already represented the opinions of young people nationally, lobbied business leaders and met with decision makers in different organisation.”

“Their hard work in helping to prepare for this meeting of the Scottish Youth Parliament was much appreciated by Renfrewshire Council and the guests who enjoyed their time in Renfrewshire.”

Kris Sinclair, 18, chairperson of Renfrewshire Youth Voice and an MSYP, said: “It’s great that the Scottish Youth Parliament has met here in Renfrewshire. It was another opportunity for young people from all over Scotland to meet and discuss issues relevant to us. I would also like to thank the council for their support in making it happen.”