Appendix of the Flintshire Children and Young
People‟s Plan 2008-11
for Flintshire‟s Children, Young People and Families
For more information about the
Children and Young People‟s
Partnership, check out:
1. Introduction to the Strategy 3
2. Flintshire‟s Participation Strategy 5
3. Annual Participation Action Plans 9
4. Conclusions 10
Annex 1 – Flintshire Children & Young People‟s Partnership Action Plan
Appendix 1 - The Principles of Children and Young People‟s Participation
Appendix 2 - The Benefits of Children and Young People‟s Participation
Appendix 3 - Participation in Flintshire - Case Studies
Appendix 4 - Useful Local and National Contacts
Appendix 5 – Action Plan template for services
Appendix 6 – Parent Participation Practice Guide
Contents of the Participation Strategy CD ROM
Flintshire Participation Strategy and Action Plan
Participation Standards for Children and Young People in Wales
Participation Standards Poster
Blast Off Guides
Involving Children & Young People - a guide to good practice
Involving young people in recruitment toolkit
Parent Participation – Practice Guide for Children and Young
All information and resources are bilingual
1. Introduction to the Strategy
Flintshire Children and Young People‟s Partnership (CYPP) is delighted to introduce a
Participation Strategy and Action Plan to ensure and enable the involvement of children, young
people and families in the development of services in Flintshire and in decisions that may
directly affect them.
Since the Welsh Assembly Government adopted the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child (UNCRC), children and young people‟s participation has been high on the agenda.
Article 12 in particular sets out children and young people‟s Right to participate:
Article 12 UNCRC:
Children & Young People have the Right to say what they think should happen when
adults are making decisions that affect them, and to have their opinions taken into
account. Funky Dragon, 2006
The Welsh Assembly Government has adapted the UNCRC into 7 Core Aims for all Children
and Young People in Wales. These are detailed further in Extending Entitlements for 11-25yr
olds in Wales.
The 7 Core Aims and Extending Entitlement provide the basic entitlements of 0-25 year olds
in Wales and are a basis on which children and young people‟s participation is delivered across
Wales. Both make particular reference to the right for the voices of children and young
people to be heard.
7 Core Aims (0-25 yrs) Extending Entitlement (11-25
1.The Early Years – have a good start
2.Access to good education and 1. Education, training & work experience.
learning opportunities 2. Basic Skills to open doors to a better
7. Careers advice
3.Good Health, Freedom from Abuse 5. Advice on health and housing benefits
4. Access to Play, Sport, Leisure and 6. Leisure and sporting opportunities
Culture 9. Sporting, artistic, musical and outdoor
5. Be respected and listened to 3. Opportunities to participate in activities
10. Be listened to and heard.
6. A safe home and community 8. Confidential support and advice
7. Freedom from Poverty 4. Responsive and accessible services
The Welsh Assembly Government wants to see participation made an ongoing and sustainable
feature of the way organisations work in Wales. This is demonstrated in the „Making the
Connections‟ Policy where „citizens at the centre‟ and „public engagement‟ are key principles
(please see http://new.wales.gov.uk for more information).
In 2007, guidance on Local Participation Strategies was issued to make sure that a more
consistent approach is taken to developing children and young people‟s participation in Wales.
This document is split into two sections:
1. The CYPP‟s Strategy and Action Plan will:
Provide a definition of children and young people‟s participation
Set out the CYPP‟s commitment to participation, current mechanisms
established and the annual aims of the Partnership‟s work to promote and
develop children and young people‟s participation in Flintshire.
2. The Appendix:
1. Outline the principles behind children and young people‟s participation
2. Set out the benefits of involving children and young people
3. Give case studies of good local participative practice
4. Provide national and local contacts details of organisations and services
who can provide information and support participation
5. An Action Plan template is also provided for organisations working with
children and young people to complete if they would like to sign up to the
vision of the CYPP
6. Raise awareness of involving parents in planning, developing and evaluating
services and the national and local guidance; to be considered when
working with young parents or the parents of children and young people.
2. Flintshire‟s Participation Strategy
The CYPP recognises the benefits of listening to service users and implementing their ideas to
develop more responsive and effective services. As a result, the Children & Young People‟s
Partnership (CYPP) and all the member organisations have signed up to visions for all children
and young people and their families:
“Children and young people of Flintshire will be heard, valued,
respected and supported to have the best possible start in
life, participate in and influence decisions that affect them,
and achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives.”
Flintshire Children & Young People‟s Plan 2008-2011
“Promoting, respecting and valuing the involvement of parents”
Flintshire Parenting Strategy and Action Plan 2008-11
This strategy is the first time Flintshire CYPP has outlined how they will work towards making
this vision a reality, and will provide a basis for children and young people‟s involvement in the
planning, delivery and evaluation of services which impact on their lives.
All members of the Partnership, alongside services who work with children and young people
have an equal responsibility to promote children and young people‟s Right to participate
should involve children and young people and their families in the development of their
should involve children and young people and their families in any decision that may
directly affect them
Children and young people have a Right to have their voices heard according to the United
Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which the Welsh Assembly Government and
the Flintshire CYPP are signed up to.
But what does this mean? Working with young people, the Welsh Assembly Government has
developed the following definition:
“Participation means that it is my right to be involved in
making decisions, planning, and reviewing any action that
might affect me. Having a Voice, Having a Choice”.
(Sound bite by children and young people, adopted by WAG)
Although the development of this strategy is embedded in policy from the Welsh Assembly
Government, the Flintshire CYPP has had a long running commitment to involving children and
young people in the development of it‟s work. The Children & Young People‟s Plan 2008-11 has
identified „promoting participation‟ as one of the priorities to focus on over the forthcoming
years and it is hoped that this Strategy and Action Plan will go help in addressing this priority
and some of the actions outlined in Core Aim 5 of the Plan.
The Involvement Sub-group of the CYPP takes a lead on developing the participation of
children, young people and families in Flintshire, with Article 12 of the UNCRC at the heart of
its work. In Appendix 3, there are examples of good practice to encourage others to develop
their own participation mechanisms and to give innovative ideas of how children and young
people and families could be involved.
While this Strategy is an Annex to the Children and Young People‟s Plan 2008-11, the
involvement of children, young people and families should be on all other Strategic
Partnerships‟ agenda. This is why the CYPP have already made strong links with the
Partnerships shown below and will support and enable them to develop their own mechanisms
for the involvement of children, young people and their families.
COMMUNITY HEALTH, SOCI AL COMMUNITY
CARE AND SAFETY
PLANS AND REGENERATION
STRATEGIES – all STRATEGY
young people and
OWN STRATEGIC LOCAL YOUTH
CHILDREN PLAN PLAN
The Children & Young People‟s Partnership will champion participation in Flintshire.
Work with partners to develop more opportunities for children, young people and
parents to have a voice in decisions that impact on their lives.
Ensure that the mechanisms developed are accessible and inclusive to all children, young
people and their families, including those from hard to reach groups.
Inform children and young people, including young parents, that it is their right to have
their voices heard through workshops, consultations, the „youngflintshire‟ website, a
text messaging service and other mechanisms.
Encourage and enable organisations that work with children, young people and families
to involve them in the development and delivery of their service by providing training
and support for staff.
Ensure that participation is developed in line with the Participation Standards for
Wales and the Welsh Assembly Guidance on Parent Participation.
Ensure that children, young people and parents can participate in a language of their
Develop mechanisms through which we can find out and share information about good
work that is happening in Flintshire around participation.
Monitor the effectiveness of the Participation Strategy and Action Plan.
Work with children, young people and families to develop the strategy and annual action
plans into the future through the county youth conferences, Children and Young People‟s
Partnership meetings and consultation with children, young people and their families.
Please see the Annexes for the Children & Young People‟s Partnership‟s annual participation
What will success look like?
All children, young people and parents will be given the
opportunity to have their voices heard in decisions that affect
them and will know that it is their right to do so.
Children, young people and parents will have the opportunity to
feed into local and national decisions making bodies like the
County Youth Forum, School councils, Children and Young
People‟s Partnership, and Funky Dragon and there will be
effective communication between these groups.
Services who work with children, young people and parents will
be skilled to involve them in the development of their service
and in decisions directly affecting them.
Services will understand that it is a Right for children, young
people and their families to be involved and will develop a
participation action plan in line with the principles outlined in
this strategy and its appendices.
Here are what some young people have said about getting involved and how it makes them feel.
What Children and Young People Say!
Getting your voice
heard is important
because if you say
By telling Social something important,
I feel important Services what we people can take notice
when I am involved think, it will help and get something done
in decisions them know what we about it.
want in the future.
I have been involved in
I feel important because I know
I have made a contribution to
the group and it will make a
Forum and at school.
I went and spoke to people at the
I get my voice
Young People‟s Partnership Meeting
heard at Flintshire
and got my point across. The people
Youth Forum, every You can change
were open to ideas - it was good.
Tuesday, every things that affect
week. you and your
Our opinions are
Thanks for Flintshire is our home
When I was in
asking us! and we should have a
youthie, we decided
where to go on a say.
Its important for us to have a school council
I feel I can make a to make the school even better, and because
change and my views we have a lot of great ideas. People who are
count. not in school anymore might be a bit „rusty‟
These comments have been contributed by children and young people of Flintshire
when asked „why is it important that you are involved, and „how does it make you feel
when you are involved‟.
Thank you to all those who gave us your comments! 8
3. The CYPP‟s Annual Action Plan
An Action Plan for the participation of children and young people in Flintshire has been
developed and will be revised on an annual basis (Annex 1). The Action Plan gives specific
1. developing mechanisms for the involvement of children and young people in the
development of services, including policy, plans, finance, recruitment etc
2. promoting children and young people‟s right to participate;
3. meeting the National Participation Standards for Wales;
4. developing appropriate training and information around participation for children,
young people and those who work with, or provide services for, children and young
5. ensuring that harder to reach and minority groups are supported to participate;
6. considering how children and young people will receive feedback on how their
input has been used and the difference it may have made;
7. developing ways to make sure key messages are fed into internal and external
(e.g. Partnerships) strategic and operational decision-making;
8. considering how local children and young people are represented on national
participative bodies (e.g. Funky Dragon);
9. safeguarding children and young people involved in participative activities;
10. developing clear bilingual information for children and young people on how they
can get involved, and participate in the language of their choice;
11. outlining how participation will be measured and evaluated and how children and
young people will be involved in this process.
(Adapted from Welsh Assembly Government, Local Participation Strategies 0-25 Guidance 2007)
The Action Plan is split under the following headings:
Mechanisms for participation – The ways the CYPP will enable young people to be
Communication – How the CYPP will communicate with children and young people in
Training and Support – What training and support the CYPP will provide to
children, young people and organisations in Flintshire.
The Welsh Assembly Government has produced guidance on parent participation and local
guidance will be developed as part of the Parenting Strategy and Action Plan.
This strategy provides a strategic framework and practical action plan for the CYPP to
promote and develop the participation agenda in Flintshire. The task is a huge one, which
involves changing cultural attitudes and developing the conditions for effective participation
to take place. The CYPP will strive to meet the strategic aims and objectives of this strategy
and action plan to ensure that children, young people and families are heard in all decisions
made about them, and in services that are targeted for them.
The momentum has already begun to build and a lot of work is already being done as
highlighted in the case studies (Appendix 3). Promoting the Right to participate amongst
children, young people and partners in the wider community is the key to success.
However, the CYPP can not do this alone. The table below shows what the CYPP can do, but also
what other organisations working with children and young people could be doing to work
towards the strategic aims for participation in Flintshire. We are committed to supporting
organisations in this.
The CYPP will: All Organisations / services working with
children, young people and families
Promote children and young people‟s Right to Adopt the principles of participation as
have their voices heard by raising awareness of outlined in this strategy and develop a
the UNCRC, the 7 Core Aims, Extending participation action plan to promote
Entitlement and the Participation Standards participation within their own organisation.
Hold annual County Youth Forums which feed Promote and enable young people to attend
into the Young People‟s Partnership Meetings. the County Youth Conference.
Further develop mechanisms to make sure Work with children, young people and
children, young people and parents can feed parents to develop mechanisms, forums or
their ideas into the Partnership. groups, through which they can have their
say in the development of the service and
the wider community, and any decision that
may directly affect them.
Provide training, toolkits and support for Access the training and support provided
organisations in the wider community to enable by the CYPP and implement good practice.
children, young people and parents to be
involved and have their say.
Provide information on opportunities available Promote the website and text messaging
to children and young people in Flintshire service to children, young people, families,
through the „YoungFlintshire‟ Website, the parents and staff.
Text Messaging service and other media.
Annex 1 – Children and Young People‟s Partnership Participation Action Plan 2008/09.
The Actions below are informed by the principles within Flintshire‟s Participation Strategy 2008-2011 and are the actions of the
Children and Young People‟s Partnership. The actions are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and have a clear timescale and are
based on needs identified through work with children, young people, parents and partners.
Action Lead Partners Targets Timescales End of Year
Youth Forum Flintshire Youth 12 meetings per year and development of By end 2008/09
Forum Team associated activities.
Reports / minutes of the Forum‟s activities
are to be produced for circulation and
posting on the „youngflintshire‟ website
School Councils Local Education A minimum of 1 school council meeting held By end 2008/09
Authority per term. Develop a system where any key
points arising from meetings can be fed into
the School Governing Body, the Youth
Forum and the CYPP.
County Youth Flintshire Youth 1 per year. By end March 2009
Conferences Forum Team
Young People‟s YPP and Partners Planning meetings will take forward In place and to be
Partnership issues raised at the Youth Conference. continued
Meetings Partners are expected to enable young throughout 2008/09
people to attend.
Youth Inspectors Project Flintshire Youth The Youth Inspectors Project will inspect By end March 2009
Forum Team 11-12 organisations a year. The YPP will
and YPP assist with filling in a calendar of
inspections. Services will be expected to
take comments on board and provide
feedback to the Youth Inspectors.
Inclusion CYPP Team To implement and integrate the comments By end March 2009.
and Flintshire of a recent research projects with hard to
Youth Forum reach groups into the work of the CYPP and
Team, provide feedback to groups involved.
Cohesion Officer The Welsh language will be taken into
account when commissioning services, By end March 2009.
running meetings and producing public
Funding Projects Cymorth All projects in receipt of funding from the By May 2008
Management CYPP will have to agree to the principles
Board and CYPP within the Local Participation Strategy and
Team undertake to set up a participation action
plan as part of the service level agreement.
Funky Dragon Flintshire Youth To support the involvement and full In place and to be
Forum Team representation of Flintshire young people in continued throughout
Funky Dragon activities (3 young people). 2008/09
Consultation CYPP Team and To ensure that children and young people‟s Children & Young People‟s
Partners voices are heard in the development of Plan - by September 2008
strategic and operational plans of the CYPP The Participation
and its partners. Strategy - by April 2008
Mapping participation CYPP Team, Cymorth To develop systems to record best practice By September 2008
and best practice Management Board of participation in Flintshire by asking for
and Involvement information to be voluntarily submitted.
Subgroup. This information is to be shared with
Development of Parent Parenting Strategy To provide a mechanism for services to See Parenting Action Plan
Participation Guide Sub-group consult with parents on their needs and to
YoungFlintshire CYPP Team and To continue to develop the website utilising In place and to be
Website Partners comments from children & young people. The continued throughout
site will be updated with local information 2008/09
on a monthly basis.
Text Messaging CYPP Team and the To utilise a text messaging service as a way To be developed in 2008
Service Families Information of communicating with young people to let with 200 young people
Service them know about any events or updates to signed up by December
the Website. 2008
Database of services CYPP Team To update a database of children and young Updated Annually
people‟s services annually. The database will
be kept current on the „youngflintshire‟
Database of Parenting Parenting Strategy To update a database of parenting services By 31 March 09
Services Sub-group annually. The database will be kept current
Families Information on the Families Information Services
Service Information Points and Parenting website
(under development 2008-09)
Training & Support
Participation Training CYPP Team To provide a minimum of 2 training sessions Ongoing. Training
per year focusing on different aspects of dependant on the needs
participation. of organisations and
partners in Flintshire
Ongoing work of the Children and Young People‟s Partnership:
Undertake the actions as set out in its annual action plan.
To promote participation, the work of the CYPP, the Participation Standards for Wales and Extending Entitlement with partners,
children, young people and their families.
Provide training, advice and support to organisations and services to enable them to involve children, young people and their families in
decisions affecting them and in the development of their service.
The Principles of Children and Young People‟s
In all the work that involves children and young people, certain principles must always be
taken into account:
1. Voluntary: Children and young people‟s participation should be voluntary and
they should have a choice about how they get involved and at what level.
2. Non-discriminatory: The diversity of children and young people is recognised
and valued. Participation is accessible to all young people.
3. Informed: Children and young people need to be sufficiently informed about the
purpose, process, expected outcome and implications of their participation.
4. Respect: Children and young people‟s contributions are respected, valued and
taken into account.
5. Best Interests: Children and young people should be able to expect to benefit
and find value in the experience.
6. Feedback and Follow Up: Children and young people should be informed about
outcomes and decisions.
7. Review and Evaluation: Working towards continuous improvement.
(Taken from Welsh Assembly Government, Local Participation Strategies 0-25 Guidance,
These principles are further reflected in the following nationally and locally produced
documents, which can be found on the attached CD ROM:
The Participation Standards for Children and Young People in Wales – Self
A set of standards have been developed by the Participation Consortium and the
Participation Unit within Save the Children Cymru in consultation with children and
young people. They have been adopted by the Welsh Assembly Government and are
standards that can be used as a measuring stick for the quality of participation within
services and projects. A self assessment pack has been produced to help organisations
consider their service against the standards.
Participation Standards Poster
A short and visual version of the Participation Standards as outlined above. These can
be displayed within organisations.
Blast Off Guides
These guides have been developed by the Participation Consortium as short guides to
inform and advise organisations/ services on methods of involving children and young
people and ultimately increase their participation. They include:
1: Introduction to Participation
2: Making the Case for Participation
3: Participation Strategies
4: Children and Young People Friendly Documents
5: Alternatives to Documents
6: Working with Under 11s
7: Ensuring Inclusion
8: Monitoring, Evaluation and Audit*
9: Resources and Support
10. Rewards, Accreditation and Remuneration*
11. Participation of Children and Young People in Recruitment*
12. Budget Monitoring*
* Still in development.
Involving Children & Young People, a guide to good practice
This useful guide was developed by the Flintshire CYPP in 2005 and further outlines
the principles of participation and some other useful information, such as some golden
rules, do‟s and don‟ts and different ways that children and young people can be
„Involving Young People in Recruitment‟ Toolkit.
This toolkit has been developed by the CYPP to assist organisations involve young
people in the recruitment of new staff. The toolkit outlines the process that the
young people will need to be supported through, as well as some interesting ways of
interviewing that both the young people and the candidates will find enjoyable.
Involving Young Parents and Parents Guide
This guide is a supplement for consideration depending upon the work being
undertaken. The term „parent‟ describes any of the following who play a significant
role in bringing up a child: mothers, fathers, foster carers, adoptive parents, step-
parents, grandparents and sometimes brothers and sisters and other relatives. The
ultimate aim of involving parents is to improve the quality of life of children and their
families. Services which are developed in partnership with parents have the potential
to be more relevant, better used and more responsive to changing needs.
Extending Entitlement Toolkit
This toolkit contains information and activities that can be used by staff and peer
educators to raise awareness of Extending Entitlement with young people. It includes
a DVD made by the Flintshire Youth Forum on what the entitlements are. (The toolkit
can not be found on the CD ROM, but can be downloaded from
REMEMBER – you must always make sure that any child or young person who you are
involving in shaping your service is safe. It is essential that all staff and volunteers who
are working directly with children and young people are suitably trained and have been
checked by the Criminal Records Bureau. Systems must be in place to ensure that
children and young people are kept safe while involved in a participative activity – for
example: undertaking a risk assessment, having male and female staff on duty and gaining
Benefits of Children and Young People‟s
Flintshire Children and Young People‟s Partnership believe that involving children and
young people can have a number of benefits for all involved.
Benefits for children and young people:
They will feel respected and important.
Their self esteem and confidence will grow.
They feel that they play an active and responsible part in their community and
understand how they can make a difference
They feel more motivated and achieve more
They learn and are able to practise important life skills such as problem-solving,
decision-making, negotiation, listening communication and feedback
They are likely to feel more involved in a democratic process
The development and improvement of social skills.
They feel proud and have a sense of achievement when they see change
They will then know that it is their Right to have their voice heard in decisions
that affect them.
Benefits to organisations/Services:
Organisations will be able to deliver services based on what children and young
people want and need
Services will be more cost-effective
Offers organisations a wider variety of perspectives
Increases organisational relevance to children and young people
Better quality and more inclusive decision-making
Better safeguarding of children and young people
Enhances organisational credibility and reputation
Benefits to the community:
Better relationships between older and younger community members
Children and young people able to contribute to how communities develop
Reductions in anti-social behaviour and crime levels
Adapted from Welsh Assembly Government Local Participation Strategies Guidance, and
Blast Off! Guide Volume 2
Further information on the benefits of participation is available in the Children and
Young People‟s Participation Consortium Blast Off! Guide 2: Making the Case included on
the attached CD-ROM.
Flintshire - Case Studies
1. The Flintshire Youth Forum
The Flintshire Youth Forum is a group of young people from across the county who work
to make the lives of children and young people in Flintshire better. The Forum have been
tackling issues like the perception of young people in the community, access to alternative
curriculums and disability awareness as part of their work.
As Flintshire has many rural areas, and it is sometimes hard for young people to get to
one place, the group also send out „mini-consultations‟ to youth clubs in Flintshire. They
ask questions around issues concerning young people at particular times, including
education, school meals and bullying.
The Forum works closely with the Children and Young People‟s Partnership and has
recently become one of the CYPP„s „subgroups.
Gaining confidence to tackle issues, voice opinions, whilst making friends and having fun,
You want it, we got it! Coming together to make a difference.
Flintshire Youth Forum Mission Statement
For more information about the work of the Forum, check out www.youngflintshire.co.uk
2. School councils – Mynydd Isa Juniors
The school council, which also has responsibility for the school‟s Eco-School status, has
been working on a number of projects over the last year. The group have undertaken
surveys to find out how children travel from home to school using a questionnaire. After
their research, a walking bus was set up and the school and council held a walk to work
The council have also been working on other road safety projects, with year 6 taking their
cycling proficiency tests and two year 6 pupils voted to become „safety wardens‟ to help
younger children understand the dangers of the roads and assist after school. The council
would like to fundraise to raise money for bike racks to be installed.
The school councilors said that it was important to have a council to make the school even
better, and because they have a lot of great ideas. They felt that those who are not in
school anymore might be a bit „rusty‟.
3. Neighbourhood Watch
Young people from across Flintshire have been working alongside Neighbourhood Watch on
a variety of projects. These include the work of young people in Penyffordd, where they
gave presentations to community groups and local residents on how to stay safe at home.
The group have also been demonstrating „target-hardening‟ equipment such as letter box
guards, UV marker pens and personal attack alarms.
Another project includes the development of a Youth Bus which will travel around Flintshire
with young volunteers on board to educate children and young people on crime and to try
and encourage their participation in their local community.
4. The Speaking for Children in Care Group
The Speaking for Children in Care Group (S.C.C) are a group of young people who work to
make things better for children and young people in care. The group meet fortnightly with
staff members from Children‟s Services and the National Youth Advocacy Service.
The group‟s goal is to help young people in care get involved and to give everyone the chance
to be heard.
“By telling Social Services what we think, it will help them know what we want in the
Speak out report, October 2007
The SCC groups have achieved a lot:
Won an „Excellence Wales‟ award for their hard work in 2007
Produced „welcome packs‟ for children entering care
Organised „Speak-Out!‟ events to give young people the chance to have a say about
Helped organise awards ceremonies to celebrate the achievements of young people in
care and care leavers
Interviewed people for jobs in Children‟s Services and the National Youth Advocacy
Attended a consultation on the Foster Carers‟ Handbook
Organise monthly „Drop In‟ sessions – these give young people the chance to meet
others in care, socialise & participate in consultation activities.
Two group members sit on the Children‟s Services Forum & ensure young people have
5. Peer Education – Substance Misuse Action Team
The Flintshire Substance Action Misuse Team is working with a group of young people on a
peer education scheme based around substance misuse. The group aims to empower other
children and young people to make responsible, well informed decisions about substances
used and/or misused within society.
The group have taken responsibility for the planning and delivering the project from the
very beginning with support from staff. After initial training, the Peer Educators have
developed sessions that they feel empowered and comfortable to facilitate. A lot of the
sessions, which are mostly run in schools and youth clubs, include sharing and giving
information in a fun and informal way. Often groups will play games, run quizzes or put on
drama productions. Participants find the sessions fun and that they were able to
understand what was being said because it came from other young people.
Over the last few years more and more schools in particular have come to realise the huge
benefits of using peer drug educators who are well trained, enthusiastic and fully
supported as another means of informing pupils about substances.
6. Health Cards
In 2006, Health and Social Care students at Deeside College were involved in the
development of 10 health information cards. The leaflets were created to ensure that
young people in Flintshire have access to information about local health services available
to them. The young people researched the issues and chose topics that were important to
many young people. These were:
Diet and nutrition
Acne and spots
Contraception, Pregnancy and Abortion
Wellbeing and Relaxation
Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol
The leaflets have been a great success and are being used to this day. Young people
volunteering within the Local Health Board have been working on developing a website
based around the health cards.
7. Involving children and young people in recruitment
Young People from Funky Dragon, the Children and Young People‟s Assembly for Wales,
were involved in the recruitment of staff for the „Our Rights, Our Story‟ Project. The
new employees would be working with groups young people across Wales to gather their
views on how they claimed their Rights under the United Convention of the Rights of the
Child. The information would the be directly fed back to the UN.
The young people helped design the interview process which was made up of a number of
different elements. Firstly, the candidates had to present an object to the group and
describe how it represented them before giving a presentation on children‟s Rights. A
formal panel was followed by a „tea and coffee‟ exercise, where the young people sat down
with each candidate to discuss PMT (plastic surgery, music and travel).
Both the young people and the candidates found the process fun and six new staff were
employed to work across Wales as a result.
Note: Flintshire Children & Young People‟s Partnership have produced a toolkit on how
young people can be involved in the recruitment process. You will find it on the attached
CD ROM or www.youngflintshire.co.uk
8. Theatre Forum
The Flintshire Theatre Forum (F.T.F) has been developed to help young people in the
community think about different issues, their consequences and possible resolutions.
Theatre forum traditionally works through presenting a drama depicting a conflict, which
is eventually resolved either through tragedy or triumph. These dramas can look at actual
problems and issues that negatively affect the community. At the end of the play the
problem presented is not resolved and the audience is invited to attempt to do so. The
play is performed a second time and on this occasion the audience can shout "Stop!". The
person can then come up onto the stage and change places with the character with the
problem and show what they would do in such a situation. A person called 'the Joker'
mediates the whole process, and just as the joker in a pack of cards has no suit he/she is
The young people involved are very excited and proud of how far they have brought the
project so far. The group have extended the project to include dance and have been using
their drama skills to perform street theatre to make the passing public smile. It is hoped
that by doing this, the negative stereotypes of young people can be challenged.
9. County Youth Conferences and the Young People‟s Partnership
Every year, the Flintshire Youth Forum organise a County-wide Youth Conference. The
Conference uses „open-space‟ methods, which means that the agenda is not set, and young
people attending are invited to bring issues they would like to raise and discuss.
In 2007, the young people attending the conference raised issues such as transport,
drugs and alcohol, IT in the community, accessing services, age discrimination and the
fear of crime.
As a result of the conference and the need to address the issues young people had raised,
the Young People‟s Partnership (YPP), a multi-agency body which looks at the provision of
services for young people, changed its structure. Every other meeting is now an evening
„planning‟ meeting, where young people are invited to work alongside the YPP to suggest
solutions to the issues raised. A meeting in July 2007 looked at the issues at the
Conference and actions have been taken forward. For example, the YPP have produced a
toolkit outlining how local youth support services can write press releases and access the
local media. This came from suggestions that the negative stereotypes of young people in
the media should be challenged.
Feedback is given to the young people at meetings, through the „youngflintshire‟ website
and in a leaflet. The meetings have been a great success. In further meetings of this
kind, children and young people have been involved in the development of the Children and
Young People‟s Plan 2008-11 and issues raised at the next Youth Conference will be
brought to the meeting in the summer.
FW2 is a transport and youth work project for young people aged 16-25 in the Rural
North Communities First neighbourhoods and the surrounding areas. It aims to help young
people access employment, education and training opportunities through a scooter-loan
scheme and supporting young learner drivers.
This project has been cited as an example of good practice by Estyn and the Welsh
Assembly Government, especially for the way it helps young people to address clearly
identified needs and overcome the barriers to accessing essential services and
Central to the success of the project has been the direct involvement of young people in
the planning, decision making and review of the service as steering group members.
Further information about this project is also available by visiting the web-log
11. The „A-Team‟
The Youth „Info Shop‟ in Holywell is the first of its kind in Flintshire. A group of regular
young users at the shop have formed themselves into the „A-Team‟ to funnel young
people‟s views into the running of the Shop. They also assist with policy development and
review and have an input into the delivery of youth information services across Flintshire.
The group has received training and is now producing young person friendly information
including promotional materials for the shop and other agencies, newsletters, posters,
podcasts and more. The group also assists in recruitment, audit and procurement
procedures for the Info Shop and the Youth Service. They have regular meetings and
take part in consultations on any topic or issues that may affect them. They also link into
the County‟s Youth Forum.
By taking part in this project and being involved with the „A Team‟, the young people have
gained new skills and experiences. The A Team will also eventually take over some of the
running of the Info Shop and will have a major role in the development of youth
information services in the county.
It is hoped that this project will be used as a template for more setting up more „A teams‟
in other Youth Info Service settings across Flintshire as the Youth Info Service expands
to include peer education opportunities.
12. Youth Inspectors
The Flintshire Youth Inspectors Project has been developed in partnership with
Flintshire Youth Service and the Young People‟s Partnership and aims to give young people
aged between 11 and 25 the opportunity to comment directly on services and information
available to them.
Young people have been recruited and trained to assess services to see if they are being
operated in the way that young people would like them to be. The Inspectors will look at
any aspect of a service including the first point of contact, leaflets, websites, premises
and policies to see if they are in-line with the National Participation Standards for Wales.
After an inspection has taken place, the group will write up their findings into a report,
including recommendations, which will be given to back to the service. The Young People‟s
Partnership expects services that are inspected to consider the recommendations the
Youth Inspectors have made and review their service accordingly.
Inspections to date include a children and young people‟s complaints leaflet for the Local
Health Board, the Young Flintshire Website and the group have also undertaken „mystery
shopper‟ phone calls to NHS Direct.
13. Flintshire Parenting Strategy and Action Plan 2008-2011
The Flintshire Parenting Strategy and Action Plan has been developed in partnership with
parents, children and young people, parenting services and parenting practitioners; as well
as representatives from Health, Education, Social Justice, Social Care and the voluntary
sector. Through information sharing, consultations, workshops, drop-ins, visiting groups
and the use of questionnaires parents‟ views were sought, and used to develop the action
plan. The aim was to give parents a voice on the development of the plan, to ensure that
we develop parenting services and take forward initiatives that meet the needs of local
parents, and impact positively on children, young people, their family and the wider
community. This work will be further developed, inviting parents to be involved in future
developments and policy making.
The Welsh Assembly Government has created a Parent Participation Guide which
describes five levels of participation. In relation to parents these are:
Information – telling parents what is planned
Consultation – offering parents some options, listening to feedback, but not seeking
any new ideas from them
Deciding together – encouraging parents to come up with additional options and
providing opportunities for joint decision making
Acting Together – parents and professionals decide together what is the best
option and they form a partnership to carry it out
Supporting independent action – local groups of parents are offered funds, advice
or other support to develop their own agendas, guidelines or services.
We will be developing a local guide for services, and raising awareness with parents about
opportunities to be involved, have a voice and make a difference using the various levels
Flintshire parents having a voice (07-08):
Support at for the rules
points Tax Reliable babysitters
Family & Parenting
(all stages) Credits Work Manual
stages WHAT PARENTS SEE
Realistic AS THEIR NEED Venues Finance
Appropriate Programmes volunteers
remove the stigma Workshops Sharing Helpline Scheme
T ime to T opics on issues Support
T alk Support delivered by
of concern Groups
Two w ay partnership
Learning and training Community
w ith schools Opportunities to
have fun & be active Contact w ith other
as a family Discount &
Nappies (all ages) Holiday
Useful Local and National Contacts
Careers Wales www.careerswales.com
Children in Wales www.childreninwales.org.uk
Children‟s Commissioner for Wales www.childcom.org.uk
Clic Online www.cliconline.co.uk
Funky Dragon www.funkydragon.org
National Assembly for Wales www.wales.gov.uk
Save the Children www.savethechildren.org.uk
School Councils UK www.schoolcouncils.org
School Councils Wales www.schoolcouncilswales.org.uk
Participation Works www.participationworks.org.uk
Canllaw Online www.canllaw-online.com
Children & Young People‟s Unit www.allchildrennigov.uk
National Youth Agency www.nya.org.uk
National Academy for Parenting www.parentingacademy.org
Practitioners (applies mainly to England but useful source of reference)
Other useful local contacts:
Flintshire Youth Service Children & Young People‟s Partnership and Y
Flintshire County Council Flintshire Website
County Hall Education, Children‟s Services and Recreati
Mold County Hall
CH7 6ND Flintshire
Tel: 01352 704032 CH7 6ND
Tel: 01352 702634
Louise Blackwell Flintshire Youth Information Shop
Voluntary Youth Services Facilitator 79 High Street
Flintshire Local Voluntary Council Holywell
82 High Street Flintshire
Mold CH8 7TF
Flintshire Tel: 01352 717818
CH7 1BH www.youngflintshire.com/holywell_info_sho
Tel: 01352 700101
Flintshire Families Information Service Flintshire Local Voluntary Council
The Westwood Centre The Manse
Tabernacle Street Tyddyn Street
CH7 2JT Flintshire
Flintshire CH7 1DX
Tel: 01244 547017 (24 hours answerphone) Tel: 01352 755008
Flintshire Youth Forum Careers Wales North East
c/o Alison Thomas Careers Shop Mold
Treuddyn Youth & Community Centre St David's Building
Ffordd Y Llan Daniel Owen Square
Treuddyn Earl Road
CH7 4LN Flintshire
Tel: 01352 771232 CH7 1DD
www.youngflintshire.com/flintshire_youth_forum.asp Tel: 01352 755798
Fax: 01352 700230
Appendix 5 – Participation Action Plan Template for Services
The actions outlined in blue are suggested actions that could be undertaken as part of developing participation within organisations.
If you would like any support or assistance in developing an action plan for your organisation, please contact the Information and
Involvement Officer at the Flintshire Children and Young People‟s Partnership on 01352 702634.
Action Responsible Target Timescales End of Year
Develop an Annual
Participation Action Plan
Undertake the Self
Assessment against the
Standards for Wales and
add actions in Action Plan
Promote and enable young
people to feed into or
access county wide
participative activities and
Involve children and Young
People in the recruitment of
Promote the Right to
Participate with all Service
users, staff and volunteers
Set up mechanisms for
children and young people to
contribute to decision-
Inform service-users how
they can get involved
Establish mechanisms for
children and young people to
receive feedback on the
effect of their involvement
Consider parent involvement
and participation (young
parents and parents of
children and young people).