Neath Port Talbot Children's Rights Unit

Celebration of Children’s Rights - making a ‘Real Impact’ on Children’s Lives

Over the last 3 years, the Neath Port Talbot Children’s Rights Unit (CRU) has tirelessly worked to promote and protect the rights of children and young people living in Neath Port Talbot and on the 19th November 2015 the CRU is hosting an event to celebrate numerous great achievements locally and mark International Children’s Day.

Following the passing of the Rights of Children and Young People (Wales) Measure in 2011, placing a duty on Minsters to have due regard for the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Wales became the first UK Country to embed children’s rights into law and is consequently recognised internationally as a leading force in terms of children’ rights policy and practice.

Following this landmark measure the practical implementation of the UNCRC is being seen in a variety of different ways across Wales. A primary example of this is the CRU – an organisation totally committed to making children’s rights a reality at grass roots level and who have been said to be making a ‘real impact’ on the lives of children and young people locally by an external report carried out by the Wales Observatory of Children and Young People.

Through a 3 year Big Lottery Fund ‘Rights into Reality’ Project, the CRU has provided opportunities and support for children and young people to develop the confidence and skills to understand and exercise their rights. Over a 100 trainings in Children’s Rights and Pupil Voice have been delivered to all 11 Secondary Schools, 37 Primary Schools, 1 Special School and the Secure Unit and resources and training materials have been developed on a variety of areas such as Global Citizenship. Additionally projects have been established to improve young people right to voice locally, such as Young Trustee Project and the development of a ‘Guide to Involving Children and Young People in Town and Community Council’
Harri Evans–Mason, CRU Young Trustee, said – “Being involved with the CRU, especially taking part in the accredited Board Member training has helped me understand my rights, better understand how organisations work and get involved in other community activities.” (Nov, 2015)

The CRU also work with organisations to advance the education in children’s rights and have trained 50 organisations to be Children’s Rights Trainers, developed a Children’s Rights Standard as a monitoring tool and are working closely with both the NPT local authority and the ABMU Health Board to develop Rights Based Practice. Furthermore, a film has been developed by the NPT Youth Council and the Welsh BAFTA winner director Ryan Owen Eddleson to continue spreading the message of Children’s Rights.
John Rose – Director for Wales, Big Lottery – “The CRU’S work over the last 3 years has been hugely successful and has gone from strength to strength resulting in great partnership working with the Local Authority and Health Board and making a difference” (NPT CVS AGM – Nov 2015)

Join us at the ‘Reflect, Realise, Renew’ Event – where we will launch the Film and share some of the brilliant children’s rights achievements locally – on Thursday 19th November 2015 from 1pm to 5pm at Baglan Community Church please email or call 01639323030.