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Harmeny children share their views with the Children and Young People’s Commissioner

On Wednesday 26th April, Bruce Adamson, the Children & Young People’s Commissioner, and Linda Ellis Macdonald, Advice and Investigations Officer, visited Harmeny to meet our children, hear their views and discuss what is important to them as they grow older.

Bruce in a Harmeny classroom.

The Commissioner’s role is to promote and protect the rights of anyone in care aged 21 or under, ensuring their voices are heard and reflected in the rights that impact them.


Bruce and Linda met with a number of classes throughout their visit and asked about all the things that our children and young people felt were important issues for them. The responses were thoughtful, with ideas ranging from ensuring that Scotland is sustainable, to making sure that every person in Scotland has somewhere safe to live, and making sure that every child has toys to play with.

The visit also included a chance for Bruce to join a game of football, and saw more of Harmeny by visiting a cottage and learning more about the extension of our care and learning and the construction of our via our new Learning Hub. Both of our visitors learnt more about how important it is for the children and young people at Harmeny to feel empowered and heard throughout their time in our care. 

Linda Ellis Macdonald, Mandy Shiel (Head of Education), Bruce Adamson (Commissioner), Helen Goad (Head of Care), Neil Squires (CEO)