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Participation Standards

Introduction to the Participation Standards

In Wales, there are seven Children and Young People’s National Participation Standards to help organisations and individuals make sure the process, quality and experience of all work involving the participation of children and young people.

The Standards identify the key issues that all workers should be aware of when working with children and young people in Wales.

They were developed originally by the Participation Unit, were refreshed by a partnership between Youth Forum workers and Young Wales, and informed by consultations with young people during 2016.

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.

You can download the standards here: participationstandards_poster_9

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National Participation Charter

The National Participation Charter is underpinned by the three pillars of the UNCRC – Protection, Provision and Participation.

During 2017, Young Wales developed the National Participation Charter. The Charter can be used by organisations and services to illustrate their commitment to the Participation Standards. It is a statement of intent that they are working in line with the standards. However, they must achieve the National Kitemark to use the logo.

Every year a sample audit will be undertaken with some organisations to test compliance.

The Charter lasts for a maximum of two years.

Kitemarking and inspections

The National Participation Kitemark is awarded to services who have demonstrated that they are achieving against all seven National Participation Standards. A certificate is awarded, and the kitemark is endorsed by Welsh Government. If an organisation does not pass the inspection, they’ll be given feedback on how to improve, to be able to make another application.

The Self-assessment tool can be used by organisations to see how they are doing with participation internally.

For the kitemark, every organisation will need to provide at least three pieces of evidence per standard to show the range of work that has taken place over the previous 12 months.

 

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Further information

For more information about the standards or the kitemarking process, please contact chris.richards@childreninwales.org.uk  or call us on 029 2034 2434.

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