Seal of approval for council’s work with children and young people
09 January 2020
Neath Port Talbot Council’s Think Family Partnership and Youth Service have been recognised for their work with children and young people at a ceremony in Cardiff.
Both were awarded the coveted National Participation Kitemark for the way they encourage children and young people to have their say in the design and planning of the services they deliver.
In order to achieve the kitemark, they had to undergo an inspection to show what they do to meet the seven national standards set out in the Children in Wales charter. The standards provide guidance on the best and most meaningful ways for organisations to listen and respond to the opinions of young people. This includes providing useful information, allowing choice, avoiding discrimination, always being respectful, having the opportunity to provide feedback, getting something out of participating, and being at the centre of decision-making.
The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, presented them with the kitemark certificate at a ceremony to mark the 30 years of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The kitemark permits the use of the logo on all their printed and digital marketing materials to show they meet the required standards.
Councillor Peter Rees, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said:
“I am delighted that our Youth Service and Think Family Partnership have both achieved the kitemark.
“After signing up to the National Participation Charter last summer, this shows that we have delivered on our promise to put the views of children and young people at the forefront of our considerations.
“It’s important that they are encouraged to have their say so we can continue to provide the best services possible to help them thrive and excel in what they want to do.”
The Council’s Youth Service works with young people aged between 11 and 25 to help develop their personal and social skills through a range of activities. The Think Family Partnership is a consortium made up of a group of Council services and professionals whose roles are to provide support to children, young people and families in Neath Port Talbot.
The National Participation Standards are endorsed by Welsh Government and managed by Children in Wales, a national body for organisations who work with children, young people and their families in Wales.