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Tackling ‘Period Poverty’

Rhondda Cynon Taf’s has undertaken ground breaking work, to give access to free and accessible sanitary ware to all girls aged 9 and above in RCT. The Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee in RCT were keen to address issues relating to the dignity, equality, health and wellbeing of young women and undertook research in primary schools, secondary schools and colleges, with both students and teaching staff to establish the extent of the issue and the impact it had on young women.   The Report submitted to the Council can be seen here. Vale of Glamorgan Merthyr Tydfil and Newport Councils recently announced that they are also to provide a similar service.

On 23rd March, the Welsh Government announced funding for all local authorities to provide equipment and facilities to provide free sanitary products, in what has become known as ‘Period Poverty’.

Children in Wales met with the Chair of RCT’s Children and Young People Scrutiny Committee and Councillor Elyn Stephens, who brought the motion to the Council, in late April, with a view of working with other local authorities towards a ‘Gold Standard good practice model’ being adopted. By doing so, local authorities will be able to make the best use of the Welsh Government funding for the provision of facilities and sanitary products. Discussions are also taking place with Welsh Government officials to take this initiative forward.

The End Child Poverty Network Cymru, which is chaired and facilitated by Children in Wales, have identified ‘tackling period poverty’ as a key campaign for this year to help ensure that all young women across Wales have access to no-cost sanitary protection as is their right.

For more information about this work, please contact sean.oneill@childreninwales.org.uk or Cheryl.martin@childreninwales.org.uk.