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A psychological manifesto for the next Scottish Parliament

24 September 2021

The British Psychological Society (BPS) is calling for all political parties in Scotland to consider how psychological evidence and expertise can improve policy making and to commit to including psychologically informed policies in their manifestos.

If a government wants to improve the lives of the public and understand why intractable social problems persist, they must ensure that their policies and interventions are based on an in-depth understanding of the psychological evidence and human behaviour.

The BPS is a registered charity which acts as the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK.

The following policy recommendations have been developed in collaboration with our members, over 3500 of whom are in Scotland.

Their expertise includes psychological support, interventions, and strategy across individuals, organisations and public policy.

These members include clinical psychologists, educational psychologists, forensic psychologists, researchers and teachers at school, college and university level, and other psychology professionals.

Our 2021 psychological manifesto outlines seven priorities for the next Scottish government, these are:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • the response to Covid-19
  • Psychological workforce
  • From poverty to flourishing
  • Children and young people
  • Behaviour change and public health Employment
  • skills Community justice


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