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Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is recruiting 12 volunteer youth commissioners to explore the issue of bullying, respect, and relationships, writes Susan Robb.

Earlier this year SBC approved the establishment of the Youth Commission and gave it powers to make recommendations for the implementation of a new framework for managing bullying behaviour for education and lifelong learning in the Borders – specifically for implementation within three to 18 learning settings.

Youth commissioners should be aged between 14 and 25 and live, work, or study in the Borders.

They will have a unique learning opportunity, to work with people across Scotland, to gain new skills and experiences, and to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in the region.

This would be an ideal opportunity for young people who have been affected directly or indirectly by bullying, or who have an interest in their school and community, or perhaps want to have a career in education, health, policy making, or social science research.

Lorraine Glass from RespectMe, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, and a member of the Scottish Borders Advisory Board, said: “Everything we do is informed by young people.

“It is a delight to be part of this process.

“It is a first for a local authority to take this depth of approach to co-produce a policy to look at bullying behaviour. It is a really exciting time for us.”

Training, support, and the option for accredited learning will be given to everyone involved, and all expenses will be reimbursed.

Applications should be made using the form and information pack available at www.facebook.com/sbcyouthbullying or phoning Susan Robb on 01835 826815 for a chat.