WA Empowering

EMPOWERING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN WALES

Publication of Report

The Committee published its report, HC 177-i&ii on 15 January 2004

Government Response

The Committee will publish the Government Response as its Second Special Report of Session 2003-04 (HC 459) on 6 April 2004

Announcement of Follow-up Inquiry

The Committee announced a follow-up Inquiry on 1 April 2004

Terms of Reference:

The terms of reference for the Empowerment of Children and Young People Inquiry were:

  • political participation;

  • citizenship and active communities; and

  • disability, race, cultural diversity and sexual preference.

The Committee met a number of young people and organisations throughout Wales. The following themes emerged and it is these that the Committee further examined.

Themes:

  • Rights and responsibilities, political participation

  • Social exclusion: Factors influencing young people's participation and citizenship

  • Monitoring and Co-ordination the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

  • Youth Justice and discrimination of Children and young people in the judicial system

  • Comparing strategies for empowering children and young people

  • UK Government Policy

Press Notices:

24/07/2002    New Inquiry Announced
16/10/2002    Extension of deadline for written evidence
05/02/2003    Oral Evidence Session
25/02/2003    Oral Evidence Session
06/03/2003    Oral Evidence Schedule
27/03/2003    Updated schedule of oral evidence sessions
08/09/2003    Oral Evidence Session
01/04/2004    Publication of Government Response and Announcement of follow-up Inquiry

Meetings:

WEDNESDAY 17 SEPT,  THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 3.30pm
Oral Evidence Session 8, Uncorrected Oral Evidence:  HC433-viii
Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, MBE, MP, Minister of State for Children
Althea Efunshile, Director of the Children and Young People's Unit

WEDNESDAY 7 MAY, Rm 15, THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, 5.15pm
Oral Evidence Session 7 Uncorrected Oral Evidence:  HC433-vii
Connexions and Children and Young People's Unit

WEDNESDAY 9 APRIL AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS 3.00pm
Funky Dragon, the Children and Young People's Assembly for Wales;
Professor Gill Jones, Keele University and Dr Roger Scully, University of Wales, Aberystwyth;
UNISON.

MONDAY 31 MARCH IN COMMITTEE ROOM 1, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES 1.45pm
Children's Commissioner for Wales and the Disability Rights Commissioner for Wales;
Dr Howard Williamson, Cardiff University;
End Child Poverty Network Cymru.

WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS- 3.00pm Voices from Care (Cymru);
The Howard League for Penal Reform;
Youth Justice Board for England and Wales;
NACRO Cymru.

WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH AT THE HOUSE OF COMMONS-3.15pm Electoral Reform Society;
Electoral Commission;

MONDAY 3 MARCH IN COMMITTEE ROOM 1, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES, CARDIFF
Children in Wales, Save the Children and the Wales Youth Agency; Ynys Mon Isle of Anglesey County Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, City and County of Swansea Council, Torfaen County Borough Council, Wrexham County Borough Council and the Welsh Local Government Association

MONDAY 10 FEBRUARY (at Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn, Llandovery) HC 433-i (uncorrected evidence)
Students from Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn  and Councillor Meryl Gravell,  Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council; and Barnardo's, Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services and NSPCC