Current Projects

Below you’ll find a summary of the projects we’re undertaking as part of our 2017-18 work plan and how they link to the Commissioner’s strategic goals, and aspirations for children and young people in Wales.

If you need more information about any of these pieces of work, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Children’s Rights and Well-being of Future Generations toolkit

Project aim:
Work with the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales to publish a guide to help public bodies embed a Child Rights Approach when implementing the well-being goals, detailed in the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To keep children’s rights at the centre of how we work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal.

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children and young people will be better involved in public services, including my own organisation’

Child Health seminar

Project aim:
Host an all-Wales seminar with Public Health Wales on children and young people’s issues, to promote a Child Rights Approach to Health Boards and Trusts across Wales.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To keep children’s rights at the centre of how we work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambitions for Wales that by 2019:

  • ‘Children and young people will be better involved in public services, including my own organisation’
  • ‘Children and young people will have access to the mental health services they need in a timely manner.
  • There will be stronger programmes for promoting emotional health and wellbeing in place in our health and social services, schools and youth services’
  • ‘All young people requiring continuing health and social support will have improved transitions to adult services’

Transitions for care leavers

Project aim:
Meet representatives of all 22 local authorities in Wales to discuss the recommendations in our Hidden Ambitions report, which calls for stable housing, consistent emotional support, and better opportunities to train and find employment for care leavers in Wales.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goals:

  • To achieve positive outcomes in the lives of children and young people in Wales and their ability to access their rights
    To keep children’s rights at the centre of how we work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal.
  • It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
    ‘Care leavers will have better access to safe and secure housing options and an active offer of a job, education or training place’

Transitions to adulthood for disabled children and young people

Project aim:
A scoping exercise that will form a full project to address the work in next year’s work plan.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goals:

  • To achieve positive outcomes in the lives of children and young people in Wales and their ability to access their rights
  • To keep children’s rights at the centre of how we work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal.

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
‘All young people requiring continuing health and social support will have improved transitions to adult services’.

Downloadable UNCRC lectures

Project aim:
Create a suite of downloadable lectures on the UNCRC, and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, for colleges and universities.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To ensure that children and young people know that they have an independent champion called the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and that they have rights under the UNCRC.

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children and young people will be better involved in public services, including my own organisation’

Tackling Bullying

Project aim
Share children and young people’s experiences of bullying, collected through a large consultation with schools involved in our Ambassadors schemes during 2016-17, in a series of outputs:

  • An online resource for schools to be launched during anti-bullying week 2017, including guidance and supporting information for teachers and lesson plans for each year group
  • A report detailing the findings
  • An art exhibition presenting creative responses

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To achieve positive outcomes in the lives of children and young people in Wales and their ability to access their rights.

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children’s contemporary experiences of bullying will be better understood and more schools will prevent and tackle bullying effectively’.

Ensuring equal opportunities to play, leisure and cultural activities

Project aim:
Conduct a pilot project to consult with children and young people, parents, professionals, and public bodies to identify key areas in which inequalities exist in play, leisure, sports, culture and arts provision for children and young people across Wales, with particular attention to disabled children and those living in poverty.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goals:

  • To keep children’s rights at the centre of how we work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal
  • To achieve positive outcomes in the lives of children and young people in Wales and their ability to access their rights

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
‘There will be better access to play, culture and leisure activities by children who are most likely to miss out on these, particularly those living in poverty and disabled children.’

Islamophobia lesson plan

Project aim:
Create an online resource for schools to stimulate discussion around Islamophobia, to explore and dispel harmful myths about Islam, and to encourage pupils to take part in a journalism competition exploring the media portrayal of Islam.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To ensure that children and young people know that they have an independent champion called the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and that they have rights under the UNCRC

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambition for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children’s contemporary experiences of bullying will be better understood and more schools will prevent and tackle bullying effectively’.

Bright spots survey

Project aim:
Partner with local authorities and the Welsh Government to pilot a survey for looked after children to learn more about their wellbeing and experiences of being looked after. The report’s findings will form an overview report for Wales, and individual reports for the participating authorities, providing an opportunity to influence practice in each authority and to improve the experiences of young people in care.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To include children and young people’s expertise in informing and directing our work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambitions for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children and young people will have access to the mental health services they need in a timely manner. There will be stronger programmes for promoting emotional health and wellbeing in place in our health and social services, schools and youth services’.

Residential care follow-up

Project aim:
To take forward the recommendations in the Commissioner’s ‘The Right Care’ report through the Welsh Government’s task and finish group and evaluate progress against the report’s recommendations.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goal:
To achieve positive outcomes in the lives of children and young people in Wales and their ability to access their rights

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambitions for Wales that by 2019:
‘All young people requiring continuing health and social support will have improved transitions to adult services’.

Ambassador schemes evaluation

Project aim:
To commission an independent evaluation of the impact and effectiveness of the Commissioner’s Ambassador schemes.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goals:

  • To ensure that children and young people know that they have an independent champion called the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and that they have rights under the UNCRC
  • To include children and young people’s expertise in informing and directing our work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambitions for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children and young people will be better involved in public services, including my own organisation’

Evaluation of brand materials

Project aim:
To undertake an audit of the Commissioner’s brand to ensure we are an accessible organisation in all our written and visual work.

This project fits with the Commissioner’s strategic goals:
– To ensure that children and young people know that they have an independent champion called the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and that they have rights under the UNCRC
– To include children and young people’s expertise in informing and directing our work and to work with all public services in Wales to achieve the same goal

It is contributing to the Commissioner’s ambitions for Wales that by 2019:
‘Children and young people will be better involved in public services, including my own organisation’