Posted on: Friday 20 December 2019
Torfaen's Education Service has become the first local authority education service in Wales to receive the Children and Young People Participation Kitemark Award, endorsed by Welsh Government.
The Award was presented by The First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford at a recent Children in Wales event in Cardiff, celebrating 30 years of Children’s Rights.
The National Participation Kitemark is awarded to services that have demonstrated that they are successfully achieving all seven National Participation Standards. The standards are:
- It's your choice
- No Discrimination
- You get something out of it
- Working better for you
To gain the Kitemark, a group of Young Inspectors inspected Torfaen Education Service to examine if they were achieving against all seven standards.
A report was then submitted to Children in Wales and Welsh Government with recommendations to award the Kitemark.
The standards are also underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, which puts the involvement of children at the heart of improving well-being.
Torfaen Chief Officer for Education and Lead Director for Children and Young People, Dermot McChrystal said:
“We are extremely proud to be the first Council in Wales to receive this prestigious award. Within the education service we have worked very hard to ensure that we enshrined the seven standards within our day to day work practices and this was evidenced within the final report.
“This is an important development in how we ensure that we always put the voice of children and young people at the heart of everything we do.”