Children’s Parliament believes children are the experts in their own lives and we are interested in learning about the experiences that shape children’s lives at home, at school and in the community. The impact of alcohol on children’s lives has emerged as a consistent theme throughout our work across Scotland over the past two decades. In particular, children continue to raise the often negative and harmful impact alcohol can have on their experiences and relationships at home, in school and in the community. As highlighted in our 2017 publication What Kind
of Scotland?, children told us that they wanted a childhood free from alcohol, that they do not like to be around adults when they drink, and that they want adults to drink less.
Having been aware of the concerns that children have consistently expressed about alcohol during Children’s Parliament programmes, projects and consultations, Alcohol Focus Scotland asked Children’s Parliament to further explore the views and experiences of children aged 9-11 years old, looking at the impact that alcohol has on children’s lives and what the vision of a childhood free from alcohol might mean for children. The Children’s Parliament Investigates: an alcohol-free childhood project ran from April to June 2019 and involved 84 children from across three schools in Edinburgh.