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Participation on the agenda at Young Wales’ first national conference, 04/03/16 [W]

Over 200 young people and professionals in the children and young people’s sector will come together tomorrow, 5 March 2016, for Young Wales’ first annual conference.

Young Wales is the participation hub based at Children in Wales. Young Wales works to get young people’s voices heard by Welsh Government and other decision makers in Wales through our work with youth forums, schools, youth groups, and individuals.

The event will be chaired by young people and will showcase some of their involvement in participation.

The conference also aims to identify young people’s aspirations and provide opportunities for wider and more meaningful involvement of young people in decision making on issues that affect their lives.

Delegates will hear from Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales, and there will be video messages on the day from Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, and Professor Graham Donaldson about the curriculum review.

The event marks a year since the launch of Young Wales and celebrates the work that has been done so far.

Lynne Hill, Policy Director at Children in Wales said: “The establishment of Young Wales has been a very exciting and challenging period of work, and I very lucky to have a very dedicated and talented team of development staff delivering this work. The conference will enable us to reflect on the work we have delivered, and look forward to the coming year, developing work to ensure that children and young people’s participation remains a priority at a local and national level.”


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Andrea Storer on 029 2034 2434 or 07468 563953.


  1. Children in Wales is the national umbrella organisation for people who work with children and young people in Wales.  Our core aim is to contribute towards making the UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) a reality in Wales.
  2. Young Wales is a partnership project.  Children in Wales is the lead partner with Voices from Care, Tros Gynnal Plant, Promo Cymru, Youth Friendly, Action for Children and Barnardo’s.
  3. The Young Wales conference, Young people’s participation in Wales today – what does it look like? Will be held at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff on Saturday 5 March.