This year marks the start of the journey towards the next examination of government’s progress in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Children in Wales, with our partners in the Wales UNCRC Monitoring Group, are now facilitating the development and submission of a State of Children’s Rights in Wales Report for the UN Committee to help inform their forthcoming review. This is a real opportunity to hold the government to account and to identify areas for change.

We have issued a Call for Evidence to gather the priorities for inclusion in the Report. We need your priorities and evidence to help us determine what to include and what needs to change for children and young people in Wales. Please respond with your priorities by Friday, 11September 2020.

To complement the above, we are organising two online events in August. The aims of the events are to:
a) Increase the capacity amongst civil society organisations in Wales to engage with human rights law; to have a better understanding of the UNCRC review process and ways in which they can engage
b)  Consult with organisations on a number of thematic priority areas to inform our State of Children’s Rights in Wales report

The events will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the UNCRC review process, and ways in which they can make more use of it in their day to day work. Breakout sessions on thematic priorities will allow participants an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience, and to help identify what changes are needed.

Dates:

Monday, 24 August 2020, 10.30am – 12.00pm (join from 10am)
Thursday, 27August 2020, 10.30am – 12.00pm (join from 10am)

Key speaker: Professor Simon Hoffman, Swansea Law Schools/Observatory on the Human Rights of Children
Speaker: Sean O’Neill, Policy Director, Children in Wales

Breakout sessions:
Monday, 24 August 2020

Session 1: Emotional & Mental Health, Menna Thomas, Barnardo’s Cymru

Session 2: Children in Alternative Care, Chris Dunn, Voices from Care Cymru

Session 3: Play & Leisure, Marianne Mannello, Play Wales

Session 4: Education, Ann Sherlock, Education Law Researcher


Thursday, 27 August 2020

Session 1: Child Poverty, Ellie Harwood, Child Poverty Action Group

Session 2: Non-discrimination (Race/Hate Crime), Lee Tiratira, EYST

Session 3: Disabled Children, Danielle Gazi, NDCS

Session 4: Violence against Children, Eli Crouch-Puzey, NSPCC Cymru

Please note that places are limited to 10 per breakout session, so please register your interest and send it back as soon as possible.Priority will be given to representatives from Civil Society organisations