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CHILDREN’S RIGHTS AND PARTICIPATION – What does it mean these days?

15.06.16 10:30 am
15.06.16 3:30 pm


Children in Wales

*: £75.00 – £95.00

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Jacky Tyrie Presentation

Barry Percy Smith Presentation

Sarah Powell Presentaiton

Sean O’Neill presentation

Marianne Mannello Presentation

Tenby School YouTube Clip


This conference will cast a spotlight on our understanding of children’s rights and participation, what it means to children, young people, professionals and academics in Wales in 2016.  We will look at the challenges facing those who are developing participative practice, and showcase examples of innovative practice.

We are delighted that Nadine Farmer, Bryani Kelly & Bethany Roberts of Pembrokeshire’s Youth Assembly will co-chair the conference and confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Dr Jacky Tyrie, Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies who will give an overview of children’s rights and participation in the early years
  • Prof Barry Percy-Smith, PhD PGCE, Professor of Childhood Youth and Participatory Practice, University of Huddersfield who has written widely on the subject
  • Sarah Griffith, Participation Officer, Children’s Commissioner’s Office and Tenby Junior School who will present their work around the Super Ambassadors Scheme
  • Marianne Mannello, Assistant Director: Policy, Support & Advocacy, Play Wales who will outline the work that they have been doing with older children around play and participation

  • Sarah Powell, Participation Officer, Carmarthenshire County Council who will deliver a presentation around the work of Carmarthenshire Youth Council and how children’s rights feature in their work. She will also highlight the challenges that the young people face and what could be done to make these better
  • Sean O’Neill, Policy Director, Children in Wales will provide an update from Children in Wales/Young Wales and highlight the outcomes from the recent visit to Geneva –

    “The long road to Geneva: taking the issues that matter to children, young people and civil society to the UN”

A Question & Answer session with a panel of speakers will round off the day.

Exhibition opportunities will also be available at the conference and to reserve a space please send an email to membership@childreninwales.org.uk   There will be a cost of £50 for this (in addition to the delegate fee)


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Cancellations can only be accepted in writing. Cancellations received three weeks before the date of the event will be refunded in full, less a £10 administration fee. No refunds can be made after this date, although substitutions can be made. Children in Wales reserves the right to alter event programmes at any time.

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