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All Wales Children and Young People’s Advocacy Providers Group

Children in Wales facilitates this group which was set up in 2004.  Its aims are to promote partnership work and developmental strategies between organisations in the field of advocacy, promote the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child and children’s rights more broadly and link to broader issues of children and young people’s participation in Wales.  It also aims to provide a forum to support policy development around advocacy, help improve access to advocacy services for children and young people and help improve the outcomes of vulnerable children and young people who may need advocacy support, including looked after children.

The forum works towards these aims by:

  • To effectively engage with the Welsh Government on commissioning arrangements, the effectiveness of the tendering process and related issues around advocacy in Wales
  • To provide a collective campaigning/lobbying voice for the advocacy sector
  • To share good practice within the framework of the advocacy standards
  • To provide a united voice on key issues around statutory systems
  • To raise the profile of advocacy across all services, with particular regard to all vulnerable groups
  • To seek equity of funding across Wales (explore the costs of a reasonable level of service and endeavour to ensure that such a service is available to all children and young people in Wales)
  • To discuss and collaborate on responses to appropriate Welsh Government consultations
  • To arrange collaborative training
  • To engage and support the development of MEIC
  • To engage with the Children’s Commissioner for Wales on issues related to advocacy

Membership

Membership of the group consists of professionals and representatives from organisations and/or interest groups with clear responsibilities for promoting the well being of children looked after and other vulnerable groups who may benefit from advocacy provision. Each member of the group is expected to be able to contribute to the development of the Group and work in the Welsh context.  Representation includes:

 

  • National Advocacy provider organisations (Tros Gynnal, NYAS Cymru and Action for Children)
  • Voices From Care
  • Local and/or Specialist Advocacy provider organisations (Second Voice, Mental Health Advocacy Pembrokeshire)
  • Welsh Government
  • SNAP Cymru
  • ProMo Cymru
  • MEIC
  • Children’s Commissioner Office (Observer)
  • WLGA (Observers)

Professionals and representatives from other organisations may be invited to attend Network meetings where there is a clear link with the advocacy agenda e.g. CAFCASS Cymru, CSSiW.

Contact Details

More information is available from Sean O’Neill, Policy Director, Tel: 029 2034 2434, E-mail: sean.oneill@childreninwales.org.uk.

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