About our Listen if you Care campaign
Our campaign, Listen if you Care, calls on all candidates in the Welsh Parliament election to listen to and empower the voices of care-experienced children and young people. Co-created with care-experienced young people throughout Wales, the ‘Listen if you Care’ report brings candidates face to face with their experience of care, and includes practical recommendations to improving the lives of children and young people across the country.
The report was written by NYAS Cymru’s Young Person Advisory Group (YPAG), a group of care-experienced young people aged between 13 and 25 across Wales. The group helps to inform the work of NYAS Cymru and regularly supports campaigns to amplify the voices of care-experienced young people. You can read the full report in English and Welsh here.
The care-experienced children and young people who worked to shape this campaign have shared that they often feel overlooked and voiceless, with little say in the decisions that impact their lives. This campaign is an opportunity for candidates across all political parties to understand their unique lived experiences and listen if they care.
The campaign encourages all political parties and candidates to support its following five pledges:
1. Put children first by introducing a new role in Welsh Government of Children’s Minister for Wales.
2. Strengthen mental health and wellbeing by creating an active offer of independent advocacy for every child engaging with mental health services.
3. Protect missing children by making independent return interviews into a statutory requirement.
4. Support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children by guaranteeing their right to a trained independent Appropriate Adult.
5. Defend children’s rights by incorporating the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) directly into Welsh Law.
What we want to happen?
This campaign is an informative opportunity for all candidates. It highlights the stark reality vulnerable children and young people face every day in Wales, whilst providing key recommendations that can uplift them.
We want candidates to listen to what care-experienced children and young people think is a priority. For the first time, 16 and 17-year olds have the opportunity to vote in the Welsh Parliament elections. We want candidates of all parties to truly listen and empower the voices of children and young people across Wales.