Portal supports children and young people’s voices through out Wales.
Today sees the launch of the Participation Hub http://www.participationhub.org.uk/
A portal that will help children and young people seek support and have their say in decisions that affect them.
The Participation Hub has been designed as a simple, fun and attractive space for children and young people to drop into and find the support they are looking for. Once found a single click will link them to the relevant service or resource in Wales. Although aimed at children and young people it is also suitable for practitioners and professionals. The Hub has been funded by the Welsh Government, and developed with the Participation Workers Network in Wales, in Children in Wales, who will maintain and update the materials.
Many of the materials on the Participation Hub are as a result of the Welsh Government adopting the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), and in doing so making a commitment to ensure that all children and young people in Wales have access to their rights.
This included Article 12, that children and young people should be able to have a say in any decision making that affects them. Since then a huge amount has been achieved by organisations including the Participation Unit in Save the Children, the Welsh Government, Funky Dragon and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales. The Hub highlights services, resources and training from these organisations and a wide range of others.
1) United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
The UNCRC was adopted in 1989 following the realisation that children and young people need an additional set of rights to their overall human rights. The UNCRC is intended to ensure that all children and young people have their rights upheld throughout the world, and the Welsh Government adopted the Convention in 2004 following devolution.
2) Children in Wales
Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk. Children in Wales was established in March 1992 and became a registered charity in 1993. It aims to promote the interests of children, to improve services in Wales and to put children high on the Welsh agenda.
3) Further information
For more information please contact Ed Janes, Participation Workers’ Network Development Officer, in Children in Wales
Tel: 029 2034 2434; Email: Ed.Janes@childreninwales.org.uk