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Third Sector Partnership Council

Voluntary Sector Scheme

Unique to Wales, under the provisions of the Government of Wales Act 2006, the Third Sector Scheme outlines how the National Assembly for Wales proposes to promote the interests of voluntary organisations. It outlines the broad principles and shared values that underpin the relationship between the National Assembly and the sector in Wales. Key chapters include working in partnership and practical arrangements for dialogue and co-operation between the voluntary sector and the Assembly (through the Third Sector Partnership Council and Ministerial Meetings).

Third Sector Partnership Council

The Third Sector Partnership Council (TSPC) is the key body which enables the third sector and the National Assembly to communicate on key issues. Its purpose is to make sure that the principles set out in the Voluntary Sector Scheme are put into practice. The meetings, which take bi-annually give members of the third sector a chance to bring up matters of interest or concern with Assembly Members and Ministers.

Children in Wales is the representative organisation for the children and families third sector organisations on the TSPC. Children in Wales wants to take forward any issues you may wish to be addressed at future TSPC meetings or at the meetings with Ministers. In order to ease this process we maintain a list of third sector organisations, the Children and Families Network, who work with children, young people and families whom we consult about issues that need to be brought up in future meetings. If you would like to be added to the Children and Families Network please complete the form below.

All TSPC meetings are open to the public. If you would like to attend, please call the Assembly booking line on on 029 20898 477 or E-mail: assembly.bookings@wales.gsi.gov.uk. Minutes of the meetings are made available on the Welsh Government website. For more information on the work of the Third Sector Partnershp Council and the Voluntary Sector Scheme contact the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action.

Ministerial meetings

The Welsh Government’s Third Sector Scheme makes provision for twice yearly meetings between representatives of the relevant voluntary sector networks and each of the Cabinet Ministers covering their areas of responsibility. Details of Cabinet Ministers and their responsibilities are available here. The voluntary sector and the Welsh Government place items on the agenda which are relevant to the ministerial brief and address broad voluntary sector issues. It is not possible to discuss issues relating to single organisations in this context.You can access the minutes from previous meetings with the Welsh Ministers from the Welsh Government page here.

Children in Wales is keen to take forward any broad voluntary sector issues you may wish to be addressed at future Voluntary Sector meetings with Ministers. In the first instance contact Hannah Davey, at Children in Wales, E-mail: hannah.davey@childreninwales.org.uk who will collect and collate your views for the meetings.

Children and Families Network Sign Up form

Please complete this form to sign up to the Children and Families Network and receive regular updates on Children in Wales' work on the Third Sector Partnership Council.
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