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Participation and Children’s Rights

We value the contribution of our children and young people by putting them at the centre of everything we do.  We have made the active participation of children and young people one of our priorities.

Participation is about giving children and young people the opportunity to have their voices heard and to support them to make decisions for themselves.

We are striving to ensure that we embed a culture of participation, positively engage with children and young people, and ensure that children and young people know how to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives.

We will continue to provide and develop opportunities and initiatives that truly engage children and young people in decision making. Our success depends on the meaningful involvement of children and young people. This means listening to their opinions, concerns and views in the design and delivery of all our services, to ensure that we meet their needs and improve the way we work.

The team supports children and young people’s involvement in decision making and promotes and encourages participation at all levels.

This is done:

  • formally through youth  representative groups such as Carmarthenshire Youth CouncilSchool Councils and SNUG (Junior Local Safeguarding Children’s Board) that provide platforms for children and young people to support participation in decision making at county, regional and national levels;
  • informally through representation at events, focus groups and consultation meetings or mechanisms that intend to inspire, empower and provide a voice for all children and young people to influence change.
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Our Children's Rights Promise

We have signed a pledge that will ensure the we meet minimum standards when making decisions that affect the lives of children and young people.

It also means that decisions will be scrutinised by trained young people on an annual basis. If you are aged 11-25, and you would like to take part in decision making, visit the Carmarthenshire Youth Council website.

Find out more by visiting the Newsroom

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You've got a choice, so use your voice!

Over the next three years we aim to embed a culture of participation across the Council, that gives all children and young people a voice, and ensures that their opinions can influence decisions that affect them and their daily lives.

Download our Youth Participation Strategy (.pdf)

Page updated on: 11/11/2016

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