Cardiff Youth Council was invited to take part in the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ Racism in Schools project looking into the issue of racism and racist incidents in secondary schools. The hope is that their work will help schools strengthen their responses to racism.
The Children’s Commissioner’s office visited our General Meeting yesterday and explored some big questions relating to racism in schools. Cardiff Youth Council really enjoyed the opportunity to share their experiences and look forward to hearing more about the future of this project!
We welcomed and hosted our friends from the North West Ministry of Youth (NWMY), Derry & Strabane, Northern Ireland. The NWMY are supporting the council in Derry & Strabane on their drive to become a UNICEF child friendly authority, just as we have through our Children and Young People’s Advisory Board (CYPAB).
The young people from NWMY attended an event being run by the Cardiff Child Friendly Team at Techniquest, which was celebrating school across Cardiff who are part of the UNICEF Right’s Respecting Schools Award (RRSA). The NWMY were able to see what some of the schools having been doing as part of their journey on the RRSA and get a flavour of what is involved.
Later the MWMY met with us at chambers in City Hall where they were shown around the building to see where we meet for our General Meetings, they were then able to discuss a number of processes and mechanisms which we follow and ask further questions and how Cardiff Council engage with us.
As a team building exercise we took NWMY to Escape Rooms where we had a great time getting to know each other and try and escape from the rooms.
The following night we all went to play crazy golf in St David’s 2, where we got to build relationships further before all going out for pizza. It was only a fleeting visit from our friends but we are hopeful that this is just the start of ongoing of educational and cultural exchanges.
The Gender Equality Steering Group, who are also part of Cardiff Youth Council, were invited to take part in a consultation with Plan UK. Plan UK work to advance equality for girls all over the world.
Plan UK were conducting creative workshops, as part of a large-scale research project, to explore young people’s views on the challenges, issues and opportunities facing those who have had female experiences in the UK, to highlight what changes need to be made to improve the lives
The young people from the Gender Equality Steering Group really enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the research and are keen to be involved in other similar opportunities.
Over the last few months we have been looking at data that we received from the School Health Research Network (SHRN) and the Child Friendly Cardiff Pupil Survey.
The SHRN is a partnership between Welsh Government, Public Health Wales, Cancer Research UK, the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data (WISERD) and Cardiff University. Every two years they run a Student Health & Wellbeing survey which asks students about a range of health behaviours and outcomes as well as their age, gender and how they feel about school. There were over 11,000 respondents to this survey.
The Child Friendly Cardiff Pupil Survey was designed to capture children’s views on a wide range of topics, including understanding their awareness of Children’s Rights, satisfaction with council and other public services, and what issues matter to them. There were over 7000 respondents to this survey.
After going through this data and speaking with other young people we put forward 5 motions to be debated and voted upon so that we can set our priorities up until July 2024.
The motions put forward were:
Health & Wellbeing
Social Media (Fake news /reality)
Cost of living
On Wednesday 15th February we had a really good debate on the motions put forward and then voted on them.
We used the single transferable voting system to ensure that what ever priorities were set had enough backing from our members and the outcome is that we will we focusing on
Health & Wellbeing
Cost of Living
We will now start to look at developing our priorities into workable and achievable outcomes…. so watch this space.
These are not the only things we will be working on this year as we have a newly from group looking at Gender Equality as well as the work our Children and Young People’s Advisory Board (CYPAB) are doing with the Child Friendly Cardiff Team.
On top of this our Reformation group are working hard to help develop and improve what we do as a youth council.
The Universal Declaration of Human rights (1948) states that “everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, … birth or other status.”
International law therefore states that Gender Equality is a human right.
Cardiff Youth Council has set up a Gender Equality Steering Group to explore experiences of gender inequality and what can be done within the city to improve this.
We had our first meeting today where it was great to get like-minded young people together discussing gender and their experiences.
The main themes that came from our initial discussion were centred on misogyny, gender stereotyping and young people being able to explore their own gender positively and safely. We identified that the internet also had a massive impact on each of these themes, whether it be through negative experiences on social media or the increased popularity of misogynistic influencers.
We look forward to our next meeting on the 16th February to discuss this further!
Mae’r Datganiad Cyffredinol o hawliau Dynol (1948) yn nodi bod gan “bawb hawl i’r holl hawliau a rhyddid a osodir ymlaen yn y Datganiad hwn, heb wahaniaethu o unrhyw fath, megis hil, lliw, rhyw, iaith, crefydd, … geni neu statws arall.”
Mae cyfraith ryngwladol felly’n dweud bod Cydraddoldeb Rhywedd yn hawl ddynol.
Mae Cyngor Ieuenctid Caerdydd wedi sefydlu Grŵp Llywio Cydraddoldeb Rhywedd er mwyn archwilio profiadau o anghydraddoldeb rhwng y rhywiau a’r hyn y gellir ei wneud yn y ddinas i wella hyn.
Cawsom ein cyfarfod cyntaf heddiw lle’r oedd yn wych cael pobl ifanc o’r un anian at ei gilydd yn trafod rhyw a’u profiadau.
Roedd y prif themâu a ddaeth o’n trafodaeth gychwynnol yn canolbwyntio ar misogyny, stereoteipio rhyw a phobl ifanc yn gallu archwilio eu rhyw eu hunain yn gadarnhaol ac yn ddiogel. Nodwyd bod y rhyngrwyd hefyd wedi cael effaith enfawr ar bob un o’r themâu hyn, boed hynny drwy brofiadau negyddol ar y cyfryngau cymdeithasol neu’r poblogrwydd cynyddol o ddylanwadwyr misogynistaidd.
Edrychwn ymlaen at ein cyfarfod nesaf ar yr 16eg o Chwefror i drafod hyn ymhellach!
Our Member of UK Youth Parliament Shifa travelled to London this month determined to make a change for young people in Cardiff and across the UK. We asked Shifa how the trip went and what they discussed, she had this to say.
“As an MYP for Cardiff, one of the opportunities I’ve been granted is the chance to debate in the House of Commons as part of UKYP’s Annual Conference. It was an exciting and interesting experience, and I particularly enjoyed getting to meet some of the 250 other MYP’s from across the UK for the first time, as well as getting to meet Sir Lindsay Hoyle. The main issue that was voted for in the last Make Your Mark Ballot was Health, so we were given 5 subtopics related to that to debate in the Commons, and then there was another vote to decide our focus for the academic year. The topics were: • The Impact of Discrimination on Health • Mental Health • Cost of Living and Health • Education and Health • Environment and Health
I was lucky enough to be chosen to speak on the first topic, although the winning topic was Cost of Living & Health. I have also recently been selected as the Social Action Group member for Wales, meaning I will play a role in shaping the campaign for Cost of Living & Health over the coming months. Additionally, the full motion will be turned into a petition which, if it reaches 100,000 signatures, will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.”
Shifa is also one of the lead organisers for this years YouthCon bringing together young people and MYP’s from across Wales on the 11th March!
By Zack Hellard – Vice Chair or Cardiff Youth Council and Member of the UK Youth Parliament
On Friday the 16th of September, I attended the Service of Prayer and Reflection in Llandaff Cathedral to mourn the death of our late Queen Elizabeth II in the presence of His Majesty the King Charles III and the Queen Consort. I was present as a representative of Cardiff Youth Council and notably the young people in Cardiff whom admired and respected the late Queen deeply.
The event was a solemn and respectful reflection of the life of a monarch who had devoted her entire life to the service of our nation; a chance for everyone to pay homage to all of the good she had done. To be invited to such an event as a representative of Cardiff is one of the greatest honours of my life- to be able to pay the respects of both myself and those absent in such a historic way.
With the closing of the Second Elizabethan Age, we are reminded of the values Queen Elizabeth II instilled into every action she did, notably those of compassion and courage. The life of Queen Elizabeth II is one we can draw many life lessons from, whether that be from her time as a steadfast and reliable presence or as the great reformer.
It is always sad when you must leave certain things behind and my time with Cardiff Youth Council will be one of those things. However, my feelings are not bittersweet though, as Cardiff Youth Council is the forum that enabled me to think of a children’s rights policy that set the benchmark of how children’s rights are delivered throughout the city and beyond. In attending the three out of four training sessions hosted by Cardiff Youth Council in partnership with UNICEF between 02/11/2022 to 23/11/2022 via MS Microsoft Teams. I thought of the following idea:
“To provide a basic pack of documents such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child in English, Welsh and Easy Read formats, to a leaflet on local authority services near residents and a letter from the Children & Future Generations Commissioners, the Welsh Government Minister on Social Care and local authority leaders on the importance of children’s rights and also on the importance of holding them to account as public servants.”
This idea was in response to attending the third session of the four-part series taking place, where there was a discussion of how local authorities provide children’s rights education to parents across the City of Cardiff. To my surprise at the time, not much was being done by them to educate parents about their child’s rights and following on from that fact, I thought of that idea you see above.
On an ending note, I just want to thank Cardiff Youth Council’s staff members, as well as the participants of the group for the many years of fun and engagement, so much so, that it has enabled me to change the world around us for future generations to come.
Kyle Jamie Eldridge – Cardiff Youth Council Member