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Launch of the refreshed National Participation Standards, 20/11/17 [W]

On 20th November, Young Wales, the participation initiative at Children in Wales, is launching a refreshed version of the Children and Young People’s National Participation Standards.

The Standards identify the key issues that all workers should be aware of when working with children and young people in Wales. They are underpinned by the United National Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.

The launch marks Universal Children’s Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the UN General Assembly adopting both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights. It is a day to promote awareness of children’s welfare worldwide.

The National Participation Standards were originally developed by the Participation Unit, and were refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales. The work was informed by consultations with young people.

The work was supported by the Welsh Government, who identified the role of the Participation Standards in guidance. The Standards are also 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.

A kite mark and charter have now also been developed for organisations to show they are working to these standards.

You can find out more about the Standards at http://bit.ly/2zHB0aI . You can join in the conversation about Universal Children’s Day on social media using #KidsTakeOver