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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…

Cameron

‘I’m 14, sports mad and love having a laugh but I’m very passionate about giving a voice to young people.’

Maisy

‘Hi! My name is Maisy and I’m 14. I strongly believe that young people’s voices and opinions should be heard and I like to support that as much as possible. I am truly thankful to be working with the CCFW and eager to see what will become of it. Let’s get young people’s voices heard!’

Millie

‘I’m Millie and I’m 16. I’m in the army cadets and am currently studying forensic science at college’.

Nyla

‘I’m 17 and I live in Cardiff.

‘I’m keen to share my life skills as I’ve been affected by my dad being in prison. I would like to speak up for children and young people who’ve faced similar difficult situations.’

Eleri

‘I’m currently studying my final year of A levels and hope to study history and politics next year at uni.

I’m interested in the rights of a young person and how the decisions of people in authority affect the lives and experiences of the younger generation.

I hope to connect with other young people around Wales and act as a representative for children and young people in my community.’

Eve

‘I’m passionate about campaigning and volunteering to fight for children’s rights and human rights. I am an also an advocate for LGBT rights, disability rights and mental health care for young people in particular.’

Tom

‘I’m Tom and I’m 14. I’m interested in public speaking; I often attend debates where I share my party’s views. With this behind me I’m truly thrilled to have an opportunity to share the views of young people in Wales.’

Sam

‘I’m Sam and I’m 14. Currently, I’m a school council member and am used to expressing the views of children and young people in my community. I represent the children of Anglesey already; I shall represent Wales’ children even better.’

Malin

‘I’m Malin and I live in north Wales. My qualities are that I’m hard working, very organised, forward thinking, kind and considerate. I also love to use humour as a way to calm or even help people and when I’m committed to something I will do my very best.’

Maria

‘I hope to make children in Wales feel safe in what they’re doing and where they’re doing things. Children in Wales should know their rights and I joined the panel to take care of that. Previously, I’ve been part of the Eco Community and more.’

Ana

‘I’m 16 and have a passion for protecting the rights and welfare of young people, ensuring we have a voice to interpret our own future. I also enjoy freestyle snowboarding and public speaking in my free time.’

Lois

‘Hello everyone! I am Lois from Bangor, and I am 16 years old. I am very passionate about the rights of Wales’ young people, and I feel very strongly about social equality. It’s very important that we, the young people of Wales, have an opportunity to share our views and be listened by others, as the Children’s Commissioner for Wales does. My motto for the panel is “We, the children and young people of Wales, are strong and able. We will raise our voices and share our opinion. Our time has arrived!”‘

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!)