Working in partnership to improve the well-being of children, young people and families in poverty, 01/10/14

PRESS RELEASE FROM CHILDREN IN WALES REGARDING A NEW PARTERSHIP PROJECT

We are pleased to announce that from today (October 1st ) onwards Children in Wales in partnership with Voices From Care and Tros Gynnal Plant has been funded to build on our existing work and deliver a programme entitled 'Tackling Poverty and Promoting Children's Rights – children and families policy, practice and strategic development programme' under the Welsh Government Children and Families Delivery Grant scheme.

The Children in Wales initiative has four main objectives:

Ensuring that the children and young people's workforce is informed of children's right to participate and for structures to be in place that facilitate the sharing of effective methods of participation

  • Informing and enabling children and young people to participate effectively and have their views heard by Ministers and other policy makers
  • Supporting a better informed and engaged multi-agency cross sector workforce including policy makers and practitioners to deliver Welsh Government policy
  • Effectively influencing and contributing to policy and practice development with an emphasis on early intervention, prevention and mitigation of poverty, underpinned by Welsh Government strategic priorities
  • Children in Wales will work our partners, Tros Gynnal Plant, Voices from Care Cymru, Barnardo's Cymru and Action for Children to support disadvantaged children to express their views and meet with Ministers. We will also work with Youth Friendly and ProMo Cymru who will capture the views of large numbers of children and young people through e-media.

We are also very much looking forward to working with the wide range of organisations that actively encourage the children and young people they work with to express their views. Clearly Youth Forums and other local participation structures are key to the success of engaging the views of as many children and young people as possible and we very much look forward to working with participation workers and youth forum workers across Wales.

The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Bill and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 clearly require significant input from children and young people and we aim to work with you and the children and young people you work with on this as well as on a wide range of other legislation and policy developments http://www.childreninwales.org.uk/policy/consultations/. We are also determined to facilitate as many channels for children and young people to be influential in Welsh Government developments as well as the children's workforce http://www.childreninwales.org.uk.

If you have any queries, please don't hesitate to contact us.