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Section highlightFurther and Higher Education (Governance and Information) (Wales) Bill 2013
Removes a number of technical restrictions and controls on colleges without changing the principal powers of colleges to provide further, higher and secondary education.
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Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightCommunity Infrastructure Levy
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Children and young people time and again tell us about the value that they place on advocacy support, from assistance in expressing a view to representation in relation to life-changing decisions.
What is advocacy for children and young people?
Advocacy is a process which helps children and young people to:
- speak up for themselves
- access information and their rights and entitlements, or
- get something stopped, started or changed.
Advocacy can mean different things to different people, depending on their experiences and understanding. Some think it is only to do with complaints. This is not always the case.
Others think it’s advice, but while advocates may sometimes give advice, it is more about them listening to a child or young person. Then they make sure they get to tell people their views, wishes and feelings and that they take their views into account, whether the advocate agrees with the child or young person’s opinion or not.
Like a microphone
One way to look at an advocate is like a microphone for a child or young person’s voice. When they don’t feel confident enough to speak up for themselves, or when they may feel that nobody is listening, an advocate will amplify their voice, making it louder and more likely to be heard.
Advocates are not there to put words into a child or young person’s mouth but are there to help them express their own opinion in decisions that may affect them.
A right to be heard
Children and young people often struggle to get answers to simple questions about what help or support is there for them, and may often feel they need information and advice to understand their situation and support their decisions.
But not everybody knows that they have a right to be heard when they want to change, stop or start something, or that they have an opportunity to get support from an advocate.
National research and guidance consistently identifies that all children and young people’s interests are better safeguarded, supported and promoted by having a personal champion in the form of an advocate who can support them and take an active part in their lives.
When there is early intervention to resolve issues and problems it can prevent the problem from escalating and provide substantial savings for services in the long term.