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Young People’s Advisory Panel

Established in 2016, this panel is made up of 12 – 18 members of children and young people between the ages of 11 to 18. They have three full-day meetings a year and its Chair and vice-Chair are also members of our advisory panel.

This advisory panel holds us to account on the delivery of our three year and annual work plans.

Here are our current members, recruited from across Wales…

Derwen

I am 16, I live in Conwy, I’m a part of my local youth council, youth deputy member of parliament and part of young Wales. I want to be involved because I want the voice of young people to be heard and listened to.

Eva 

I’m Eva I’m 11 and live in Merthyr Tydfil. I’m interested in this because I believe children have the right to speak up. I’d like to help Sally do her job. It is a great experience and an opportunity to learn new things and to be educated about rights.

Finley

I’m 14 I live in Rhyl, I wanted to be involved because I want to give young people a voice in Wales and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and great chance to learn new things.

Imogen

I am involved in a number of your organisations. I wanted to be part of the advisory group to champion young people’s voices, promote the work of Sally Holland and the work of UNCRC as a whole.

Anna

Hi, my name is Anna and I am 14. I am very passionate about rights (especially women’s and children’s rights) and so I am very grateful for this opportunity to be in the panel and to help children across Wales.

Adam

I believe in equality for every young person in Wales. I have been a Martial Arts student for 7 years and I am employed as a young mentor in Secondary School and I hope to bring skills from these activities to the role. I am able to share my views confidently.

Ryan

Hi I am Ryan. I’m 13 and I live in Swansea. I’m science mad. I recently headed up an internet safety campaign highlighting cyberbullying which is a major problem. I’m determined to raise awareness of the importance of children not suffering in silence about bullying.

Ella

Hi my names Ella I’m 14, I speak French and I am very thankful for this opportunity. In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at a local community centre. I’m adamant to get young people’s voices heard as I don’t think they get heard enough. Although I have dyslexia I don’t think of it as something that should hold me back.

Ffion

Hi, my name’s Ffion-Haf, I’m 16 years old and I live in Swansea. I’m currently a member of the Welsh Youth Parliament and I’m extremely passionate about children’s rights and ensuring our voices are heard. In September I’ll hopefully be studying Politics, Drama, Religious Education and English Literature in Sixth Form and I love writing and public speaking about the issues that matter to me the most.

Felix

Hi! My name is Felix and am a 12-year-old from Swansea. I play basketball and piano and am dedicated to discussing and thinking about environmental and social problems such as climate change and inequality which are felt by my generation. I am really proud to be part of the young people’s advisory panel and I hope to learn a lot and make an impact for the children and young people across Wales.

Madeleine

I’m 15 and home educated. I take part in many creative activities including drama, music and dance. Because I’m home educated I have a passion for ensuring education is accessible for all. One day I would like to work with autistic children in education. I’m excited to work with the Children’s Commissioner to ensure all young people’s voices are heard.

Sam

Hello, my name is Sam, I am 13 from Llanelli. I love sport and would like to influence young people to learn and play outdoors more. I am a keen volunteer for community groups, a member of several school councils and an explorer scout. My future plan is to teach and improve the welfare of children in Wales.

Carys

Hi I’m Carys, I am 15 years old and live in Cardiff. I enjoy playing sports such as football, netball, baseball and athletics. I also play the piano. I am a member of the Welsh Youth Parliament and I am very passionate about Children Rights and Making sure young people get their Voices Heard.

Saiba

Hi, my name is Saiba, I am 17 years old and I live in Cardiff. I am the current Chairperson of the South Wales advisory panel. I am really interested about human rights and the law and I am doing an EPQ on this! I also study History, English Literature, Maths and Spanish. I am especially passionate about representing BAME in Wales, and I love seeing everyone’s views on how to improve children’s lives in Wales.

Betsan

My name is Betsan and I live in Bethesda, I’m definitely a fun, cool person who loves to talk.

Alexander

I am 14 and I live in Wrexham. I am a member of Senedd Yr Ifanc (Wrexham’s Youth Parliament) and I volunteer with the work of Wrexham’s Community Church .I am looking forward to working with the Children’s Commissioner and you as young people to ensure all your voices are heard and to make a positive impact for the children and young people across Wales.

Morgan

My name is Morgan, I’m 17 years old and a 6th Form student at Ysgol Tryfan in Bangor studying English, Sociology, History and the Welsh Bac. I have a real interest in current affairs, Social Justice and Politics and would like to pursue a career in Law and Politics. In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, Performing and socialising with friends.

Bridgette

Hello, I’m Bridgette. I’m 13 years old. I passionately want to give children a voice. I will be an advocate for children. I believe that you are either part of the solution or part of the problem and I want to help to improve the experiences of all children in Wales. In my spare time I enjoy many outside sports, but the one sport I enjoy the most is skateboarding. With the lockdown, I have really enjoyed playing online games with my friends.

Chloe

Hi, I’m Chloe, I am 14 years old and I live in Buckley North Wales. I enjoy playing hockey and I’m a deputy black belt in mixed martial arts. I volunteer as a cadet for St John Ambulance Cymru, this has given me some great new skills. I am also a member of the eco council in school. I am looking forward to this role as I am interested in improving the rights of children in Wales.

Nadia

Hi! My name is Nadia Mohammed; I’m 16 years old from Anglesey, North Wales. I am a Sixth Form student studying Chemistry, Biology and Religious Education. I have an interest in sports and travelling and I also love knitting and crochet. I believe it is important that young people’s voices are heard on matters such as cyberbullying, mental health, global warming and equality. Ensuring children’s rights is a passion of mine therefore this opportunity to promote Sally Holland’s work is very exciting to me.

Jaydan

Hi I’m Jaydan and I’m 12. I live in Cardiff and attend Cardiff High school. I love sports and I hope to bring my co-operative skills into this great opportunity. I have attended the Global Social Leaders Camp and hope to bring the leadership skills and team working skills I learnt into this Advisory Panel too.

Jessica

Hi my name is Jess, I’m 13 and I live in Mold. I am on school council, as well as young Wales and I have been in Girl Guiding for 8 years. I am honoured to be on the panel and can’t wait to work with the Commissioner to ensure children in Wales live the best lives they can. I have particular interest in ensuring children and young people have access to the best possible healthcare and education and I also feel that the skills we learn in school should be useful to everyday life.

Tadhg

Hello I’m Tadhg, I’m 12 and from Cardiff. I wanted to be on the panel because I want to help children across Wales in being heard and improve how Wales focuses on children’s rights.