One of Children in Wales’ key functions is to lobby for policy to be developed at all levels which upholds and supports the rights of children and young people and which is based on the best available evidence. We carry out a number of functions to support this:
Consultations and Inquiries
Children in Wales responds to a wide range of consultations and provides evidence to various National Assembly for Wales committees and inquiries. To do this we liaise with our members, forums and networks to ensure our consultation responses highlight all the relevant the issues for those working in the field.
Children in Wales is represented at on a wide range of bodies and committees, at Wales, UK and international levels. These include a range of Government forums at which we are able to highlight the concerns of children, young people and families and those that work to support them.
Forums and networks
Children in Wales facilitates a broad range of professional networks which bring members together to discuss policy and practice issues. They are vital to our work as they help us to understand the issues of concern to a range of organisations across the children’s sector. Policy developments are discussed at these networks and the concerns of those working in the field can then be taken forward to policy makers. Some networks, such as the End Child Poverty Network, and the Young Carers Network have regular meetings with Welsh Government Ministers.
Children in Wales is involved in co-ordinating several specific campaigns on issues of concern to the voluntary sector. These include the ‘Sdim Curo Plant!/Children are Unbeatable! Cymru which lobbies in Wales to change the law so that children have the same protection from assault as adults.
Third Sector Partnership Council
Children in Wales represents the children’s voluntary sector on the Third Sector Partnership Council. This involves taking the views of those working in the children’s voluntary sector to meetings of the Third Sector Partnership Council and to meetings arranged with individual ministers.
Cross Party Groups
Children in Wales services both the Cross Party Group on Children in the National Assembly for Wales and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children in Wales in Westminster. These groups enable Assembly Members and Welsh Members of Parliament respectively to get together on a regular basis with experts in the field to discuss issues of concern to children, young people and families in Wales.
Children in Wales monitors policy developments relating to children at both Wales and UK level, and provides regular information about them through the policy section of this website, and through our Policy E-briefings, which are sent to members on a monthly basis. We also provide briefings papers about legislative developments, and highlight policy issues in our quarterly magazine.