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First Minister addresses Major International Children’s Conference

29 September 2008

First Minister addresses
Major International Children’s Conference

First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, will today give an address at a major international children’s conference.  WorldForum 2008 is a three day conference bringing children’s experts from across the world together to consider the best ways of intervening early when children have problems.  Experts attending the conference in Cardiff will discuss how they intervene early in their own countries in a range of situations.  They will consider issues such as mental health, family support, education and child protection.  Delegates will also consider methods that can prevent problems from arising in the first place.

First Minister, Rhodri Morgan said:  “This prestigious conference is coming to Wales for the first time so it will provide a great opportunity for delegates from around the world to see for themselves how Wales is successfully implementing policy initiatives in the fields of education and child welfare, such as Flying Start for the 0-3 age group, the Foundation Phase for the 3-7 year olds and the introduction of a Children’s Commissioner.  It will also be a great opportunity for delegates to share examples of good practice in these fields.” 

Chief Executive of Children in Wales, Catriona Williams said: “It is a great honour to host this event in Wales. Many important initiatives to improve the lives of children across the world have emanated from previous WorldForums held in cities such as New Delhi, Vancouver, Capetown and Buenos Aires. For example the spread of children’s helplines such as ChildLine across the world to countries such as India, Spain and Argentina was a direct result of the coming together of children’s organisations through the International Forum for Child Welfare to share their practice. Whilst we in Wales have much to share with the rest of the world, this is a wonderful opportunity for workers here to gain knowledge and inspiration for the benefit of Welsh children and Young People.”

The WorldForum 2008 is being co-hosted by Children in Wales and the International Forum for Child Welfare.

In addition to professionals, the conference will also bring young people from Hungary, Cyprus, Germany and Wales together for a six day programme in which they can highlight their own experiences.



1.       WorldForum 2008 will take place at City Hall, Cardiff between 29th September – 1st October 2008.  It  is being organised by the International Forum for Child Welfare (IFCW) and Children in Wales. Further details are available on the website: www.worldforum2008.org

2.       The Young People’s Programme of Activities will run from Sunday 28th September to Friday 3rd October 2008.

3.       Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals who work with children and young people in Wales. www.childreninwales.org.uk

4.       The International Forum for Child Welfare is an international nongovernmental organisation dedicated to the promotion of the rights and well being of children globally. www.ifcw.org.

5.       For further information regarding this press release contact Kate Richards Tel: 07760 151222, or Lucy Akhtar  Tel: 07986 164834