Statement from the Campaign for the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales

Following a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Campaign for the Children and Young People’s Assembly for Wales (CYPAW) (Draig Ffwnci.Funky Dragon), the Board wishes to announce that the charity will be closing down at the end of June 2018. This is following a successful four-year campaign which achieved its mission and now provides the opportunity for a new movement and the launch this week by the National Assembly for Wales for young people to register for the Youth Parliament.

Since the closure of Funky Dragon in 2014, the Board of Trustees and organisation supporters have campaigned to achieve a new Youth Parliament in Wales. Over this time the organisation is proud to of:

  • Submitted our FUNC+ Report and Participate report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, review into the United Kingdom and represented these and the Little Voices project in Geneva;
  • Participated in, as the only Welsh organisation present, the UN Human Rights Council forum on Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law;
  • Commissioned a Scoping Report to identify good practice examples of Youth Participation;
  • Carried out a national consultation into views on the best platform design for youth representation in Wales including representation at the Royal Welsh Show;
  • And finally, participated in the National Assembly for Wales Presiding Officer Steering Group on a new Welsh Youth Parliament.

As part of the closure of the charity, the Board of Trustees has agreed to transfer the charity’s remaining assets to the Children’s Legal Centre (CLC) Wales.  As part of this transfer of assets the CLC Wales will carry out activities to further the promotion of public knowledge and implementation of children and young people rights and to support children and young people to have the skills to effectively engage with democratic platforms. Also, the CLC Wales will create work based on the legacy of Funky Dragon to make sure that the learning and experiences raised over this substantial time in Welsh public life is not forgotten.

Matthew Walker, Chair of CYPAW Board of Trustee’s commented;

“As an organisation we are proud that in 2016 the National Assembly for Wales supported our campaign call for the establishment of a Welsh Youth Parliament. We felt that now is the right time to pass on the baton to future generations to create a body which meets young people’s wishes. Now that firm plans are in the place for the Welsh Youth Parliament, we are looking forward to seeing the first elections in the autumn of this year and we wish the young people elected the best of luck in creating a platform which represent all young people views. Finally, I would like to thank all of our supporters over the last three and a half years for their support.”

Hannah Bussicott, the manager of the Children’s Legal Centre Wales, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University commented;

“We would like to thank CYPAW for their kind gift to the CLC Wales which will allow us to continue to develop the centre objectives specifically around rights and developing capacity for young people to be able to use their participative rights effectively.  With all the challenges facing the world today, it has never been more important that everyone can contribute their views and experiences on matters that affect the whole of society. This means having access to information, and platforms for discussion and influence, like the CLC is helping to build for children and young people in Wales.”

The Board of Trustees of CYPAW would like to thank the supporters of the organisation over the campaign and wishes to see that youth voice build stronger into Welsh public life.

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