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Council’s Youth Service Signs up to National Participation Charter, 02/07/19 [W]

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Youth Service has become one of the first in Wales to sign up to the National Participation Charter.

The Charter demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to the National Standards of Participation when working with children and young people. The standards provide guidance on the best and most meaningful ways of listening and responding to the opinions of children and young people. These include providing useful information, allowing choice, avoiding discrimination, always being respectful, giving them the opportunity to provide feedback, making sure they gain something out of their involvement, and ensuring they are at the centre of decision making.

The Council’s Youth Service works with young people aged between 11 and 25 to help develop their personal and social skills through activities such as youth clubs, Duke of Edinburgh Award, a dedicated youth council, school based youth workers and youth workers helping young people into education, employment and training. The Youth Service also provides provision for LGBT young people.

The next step is to work towards achieving the National Kite mark which will allow the Youth Service to use the Charter logo on all their marketing material. This is awarded to a Service when they successfully demonstrate that it is meeting all the required Standards in the Charter.

The Charter is supported by Welsh Government and administered by Children in Wales, an umbrella body for organisations and individuals who work with children, young people and their families in Wales. The Standards are underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which puts the involvement of children at the heart of improving well-being.

More information about the Participation Standards is available here.