Our Big Youth Conversation 2023-2024

Closed 31 Mar 2024

Opened 18 Oct 2023


The past few years have been unlike any in recent history. Now, more than ever, we need young people to make their voices heard so we know how best to deliver our services.

We are launching Our Big Youth Conversation.

We want young Scots to tell us what they love and what they think needs to change. Their ideas and opinions will help us to deliver effective policing and services for young people in local areas, helping us create safe and well communities for everyone.

Our Big Youth Conversation aims to reach young people aged 11-25 in all of Scotland’s communities. The survey will remain open all year, until 31 March 2024. The data and what young people have said will then be compiled into a summary report that we will use to share what we have learned. We will also invite young people to take part in focus groups, workshops or other discussions. We will produce a final report that we will invite young people to present to members of the Police Scotland Executive in Spring 2024.

Be assured that we won’t wait until the end of the project to respond to what young people tell us. All feedback is analysed and shared with decision-makers regularly, so that we can act quickly on what matters.

We may not be able to respond to some concerns, but being more aware of what is important to young people in their communities is about of Police Scotland working together with our partners in our communities to make a difference.

Young Scot Membership 

If you are a young person aged 12-25, there is more information about how to claim your 150 Rewards points shown after you submit your response. Not a Member yet? Go to young.scot to sign up. Everyone who redeems their Rewards code will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 Love2Shop vouchers

Your invitation to get involved in the conversation with #YourPolice 

Our Big Youth Conversation is a campaign all about enabling more young people to be able to particpate in our survey, focus groups and workshops to influence how we do things. We gather people's opinion using our Your Police survey, and we would love more young people to take part.

We will be sharing this information with schools, youth centres, national voluntary organisations, local Third Sector Interface networks and many more! But we need your help, too.

Anyone can take part in Your Police. It is open all year, until 31 March 2024. We are especially looking to hear the voices of young people, as well as people from black and minority ethnic communities, LGBTIQ+ communities and people who have had contact with police. 

Resources for teachers, youth workers, MSYPs and other young leaders 

For people working with and supporting our young Scots, we have created a resource pack full of information, assets and facilitation plans that might help incorporate Our Big Youth Conversation into your lesson or session plans. 

Some other things you need to know 

How we use your feedback

Young people and their views, voices and experiences are rich and important now and in the future. We use the results of this survey to ensure that Police Scotland understands their views, needs and is able to protect them and their rights in the most appropriate ways, in line with our values of fairness, integrity and respect.

It is vital that we listen, understand, and take action using your views and experiences. Our Joint Strategy for Policing (2023) creates the space within policing to inform our services using insights we shape through what you tell us.

Our Annual Police Plan 2023/24 sets out what we will do to keep our communities safe and this has been developed using your responses to last year's survey, along with focus groups, workshops and other ways we listen to and work with communities.

We report your feedback in ways which are practical for policing and inform what we do in your area. Your feedback shapes what we do nationally and locally, like how we inform people about policing. 

A report is prepared each Quarter for the Scottish Police Authority's 'Policing Performance Committee'. This is just one of the ways that policing is scrutinised, which is important as it helps us ensure we are policing with the consent of the people of Scotland.  

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