Sanitary items in Scottish schools, colleges and universities

Students and young people are being asked for their views on the best to access free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland.
The Scottish Government is working with Young Scot – Scotland’s national youth information and citizenship charity – to gather insight into perceptions and experiences of periods and accessing sanitary products.
Young Scot have created a short survey and online activity asking respondents to write an anonymous letter about their periods and experiences accessing sanitary products. The online activities are open to all students across Scotland, not just young people.
The Scottish Government has committed to introducing a scheme to fund access to free sanitary products in schools, colleges and universities in Scotland. “Sanitary products” include tampons, sanitary pads or towels, and panty liners, as well as reusable products such as menstrual cups and reusable towels or pads.
The survey and letter activities are asking students about their past experiences accessing products and how they want to access free sanitary products in the future.
The Scottish Government will use the findings to support the development of a national programme to help end period poverty by providing access to free sanitary products in all schools, universities and colleges. The policy was announced by the First Minister, as part of the Programme for Government, in September.
Young Scot Rewards users will also gain Rewards points for taking part that can be exchanged for exciting opportunities and experiences.
People can access the survey by visiting here.

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