Children, Young People and Families
In Neath Port Talbot it is hoped that children and young people will be healthy, confident, active individuals who achieve their potential within a safe home and community that is free from poverty, abuse and exploitation. Neath Port Talbot CVS works in Partnership with a range of organisations from different sectors to improve the quality of life for children, young people and families in our communities
Neath Port Talbot Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector Forum
The aim of Neath Port Talbot Voluntary Sector Children and Young People’s Forum is to establish a dialogue between Voluntary Organisations, so that their needs and concerns can be accurately reflected within the planning process
The Neath Port Talbot Children’s Network is serviced by Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Service and has representatives from Voluntary, Statutory and Independent Sectors, concerned with issues affecting children under 14 years
Youth Providers’ Network
The Youth Providers’ Network is a group of organisations from the Voluntary, Statutory and Private Sectors who work with young people aged 11-25 years.
Neath Port Talbot Anti-Bullying Partnership
Neath Port Talbot Anti-Bullying Partnership exists to ensure two-way communication between the work of the Anti-Bullying Partnership and the Children and Young People’s Partnership in addressing the issue of bullying. It raises awareness of the issue of bullying amongst children, young people and professionals and ensures that the views of children and young people are fed into the planning process.
Neath Port Talbot Young Carers Forum
The Neath Port Talbot Young Carers Forum exists to establish a dialogue between multi-disciplinary agencies and young carers and their families so that their needs and concerns can be reflected within the planning process sharing current concerns about young carers issues locally, nationally and internationally.
Participation, Engagement and Advocacy Partnership
The Children, Young People and Families Participation Officer post is a Children and Young People’s Partnership post hosted by Neath Port Talbot CVS. The post is in place to:
- Enable children, young people and their families in Neath Port Talbot to actively participate in the planning, design, commissioning, delivery and evaluation of services that impact on their lives.
- Lead the work of the Participation, Engagement and Advocacy Partnership.
- Assist in the delivery of the priorities identified within the Children and Young People’s Plan.
- Promote best practice in participation to partner agencies and organisations and raise the profile and promote the benefits of participation for children, young people and their families, the organisations working with them and for the communities they live in.
The Participation Officer does this by co-ordinating the Youth Council in partnership with NPT Youth Service. This includes, sub-groups on Health, Communities, Violence against Young People and Crime against Young People. The Communities Group is currently looking at skateboarding, biking and scooter venues and where they are needed across Neath Port Talbot. He supports the Young Inspector’s Programme through training and co-ordinating inspections of organisations and overseeing the Young Researchers, who are looking into children’s rights with under 10 year olds. There are opportunities for Young people to be involved in all aspects of this work.
Neath Port Talbot Children’s Rights Unit
Neath Port Talbot CVS has a dedicated officer supporting the development of an independent Children’s Rights Unit. The Neath Port Talbot Children’s Rights Unit has provided training for children and the adults who work with them; supported young people to research children’s rights and produced an educational DVD on children’s rights.
The Children’s Rights Unit has recently received funding from the Big Lottery Fund for a 3 year project which will work with over 550 children, young people and other stakeholders to raise awareness of the rights of children and young people.