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Celebrating 30 Years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

On Universal Children’s Day, Children in Wales joined partner organisations the Welsh Government, UNICEF UK, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, and the Swansea Observatory on the Human Rights of Children in Cardiff to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the UNCRC.

Joined by the First Minister, Mark Drakeford AM and Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan AM, the event celebrated the advances made towards implementing the UNCRC in Wales, and the steps needed to be taken to advance it even further.

The First Minister presented six organisations with the National Participation Standards Kitemark, demonstrating their commitment to the National Participation Standards. The First Minister also delivered a speech, pledging to continue children’s participation in Wales, to listen to their unique expertise in their own experiences.

The Deputy Minister led young people in a question and answer panel with a twist – the panel asked questions of the audience. Responses came from organisations and young people alike. In response to the question, ‘what can we do to support more disabled young people into work?’ one young man responded that we need to train other employee’s on the needs that their new co-workers might have. The question ‘how can we better support young people?’ was answered by a young lady, who said that though providing the right support by yourself might be hard, by working together we can increase the amount of support we can provide.

The celebration was closed by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales with an energetic call and response ice breaker and a game of children’s rights bingo, listing the thirty things we still need to do to provide all children’s rights to all children, and thirty things we’ve achieved since the convention was adopted.

For all those unable to attend on the day, the event was live streamed, and videos of the event are available on the Children’s Rights Wales Facebook page. Photographs of the event will be available shortly on the Children in Wales Facebook page.

There is an ongoing campaign to raise awareness of the UNCRC in Wales and its anniversary – you can find out more here, and follow continued posting and information through the hashtag #ChildrensRightsWales