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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.

Seren

Hi! My name is Seren, I am 13 years old and I am a Welsh para-swimmer. I feel that children’s voices and opinions are not heard enough and I strongly believe that I will do whatever it takes to improve that as much as possible. I am delighted to be a part of the CCfW Panel and I can’t wait to get involved with the challenges I may be given. I am so thankful for being chosen to be a part of this welcoming panel and I hope that I can make a difference in children’s lives today.

David

I’m David. I am 12 years old. I play the harp and the flute and I am interested in languages. I strongly believe in protecting young people’s rights (especially LGBT+ rights) and making sure that their voices and opinions are heard.

Ibby

Hi my name is Ibby. Making a young person’s life better is always a goal of mine. I feel very passionate about the UNCRC and I want to support CCfW in making Wales a better country for all. It’s very exciting to represent the young people of Wales and make sure all their voices are heard.

India

I’m a 13 year old girl who is ardent about the well-being and fundamental rights of all young people. I am a member of the school council, Welsh committee, girls’ rights, children’s rights and disabled rights committees. In my spare time I enjoy drama, reading and painting. I am very thankful to CCfW for this amazing opportunity.

Joel

Hello! My name is Joel and I’m 14. I had always wanted to speak out about the problems in my community, to be the voice of the people around me, especially my peers. Before now, I felt limited by my age. Who will listen to one teenager when many adults have concerns that also need attention? This panel changes that completely. It gives a loud voice to young people and an assurance that our views are taken seriously. Representing the young people of Wales will give me a deep sense of fulfilment. I consider it a great privilege to be able to provide advice and support to the Children’s Commissioner for Wales; to raise awareness of children’s rights; and promote the work of the Children’s Commissioner. Before this, I served in a number of community development roles, including functioning as a member of my school council and one of Public Health Wales’ Smokefree ambassadors.

Amy

Hi, my name is Amy and I’m 16. I am thankful for the opportunity to be part of the panel. I look forward to promoting young people’s rights and helping to get their voices heard.

Zacchaeus

Hey. I’m Zack, I’m 15 and I’m from sunny Rhos-On-Sea. Making sure that young people have a voice in their future and the nation’s direction is a passion of mine, so it’s overwhelming to be a part of this panel. Representing you and many others like you is a privilege, and I’m hoping to do justice for the silent many I’m lucky enough to speak for. I’ve been everywhere from Westminster to Rhyl to make sure that we get a say, and working with the CCFW is going to be a massive part of that. When I’m not in a meeting room somewhere, I’m probably playing the drums or Crown Green Bowls (yes, really!)

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.