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Call to give children greater say

Children drawing
The charity said children needed to have a greater say

A leading children's charity is to gather the views of young people across Scotland with the aim of giving them a greater voice in society.

Aberlour wants to use the information, gathered from youngsters attending its conference in Blanefield, to lobby for change.

The charity will target Scotland's politicians and decision-makers to boost support for vulnerable children.

The conference is taking place at the Auchengillan Centre.

The event, called ''Making a Difference in Our Lives'', will bring together a large number of children and young people from Aberlour's services.

Aberlour is the largest solely Scottish children's charity.

'Carefully studied'

Each year it is credited with helping an estimated 6,000 youngsters and their families cope with issues such as disability, parental drug and alcohol dependency and family breakdown.

Among those attending the event will be BBC Scotland journalist Catriona Shearer and Children's television presenters Johnny Pender and Kimberly Neill.

Sarah Louise Davies, from the charity, said: "We work on a daily basis with some of Scotland's most vulnerable children, young people and their families.

"We value their opinions and want to learn from them how best we can help shape their futures.

"That information will be carefully studied by us, taken on board and fed into future Aberlour policy.

"We will then use this as a platform to campaign on the issues that matter to them.''

Children who are attending the event will be able to give their views on camera at the Aberlour Big Mouth Room.

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