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Influencing activities

As well as providing written documents such as policy and practice briefings and consultation responses to influence policy in Wales, the Policy and Research Unit at Barnardo's Cymru also provides oral evidence to National Assembly Committees. In these sessions Assembly Members explore our views on legislation and policies which affect the lives of our service users. In addition, we regularly meet with politicians to discuss how we can work together to improve services for children, young people and families living in Wales and we encourage and support them to visit our services and shops to learn about our work first hand.

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Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales with young people who use our services in North Wales, talking about employment opportunities.

For details of our most recent influencing activities, please go to our latest news.
Details of the different influencing activities that we have been involved in previously can be found by clicking on the links below

Cross party group to address issues of children affected by parental imprisonment (CAPI)

13 May 2014

Barnardo’s Cymru is helping to establish a cross party group of Assembly members to look at issues affecting Welsh families where a parent is in prison. The group met for the first time today at Ty Hywel, National Assembly for Wales.

Barnardo's Cymru gives evidence to Committee on child and adolescent mental health services

19 March 2014

Menna Thomas, from the Policy and Research Unit, and Sara Payne, Children’s Services Manager of the Cadarn Service in Cardiff gave evidence today to the Children Young People & Education Committee, as part of  their inquiry  into child and adolescent mental health services.

Third Sector Organisations come together to form Social Care and Wellbeing Alliance in Wales

21 January 2014

The committee scrutiny of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill (Stages 1 and 2) at the Assembly was undertaken by the Health and Social Care Committee.

Children are Unbeatable!

22 November 2013

This week Barnardo’s Cymru has been heavily involved in events organised by the Children are Unbeatable! Alliance (CAU).

Children and young people talk to National Assembly for Wales staff about their experiences of giving evidence

8 November 2013

Children and young people who gave evidence to the Health & Social Care Committee during its scrutiny of the Social Services and Wellbeing Bill in May met with Assembly officials today to evaluate their involvement in the process.

Andy James meets Baroness Andrews to discuss broadening access to culture and heritage sites

4 October 2013

Baroness Kay Andrews has been commissioned by the Minister for Culture and Sport at the Welsh Government “to recommend ways in which cultural and heritage bodies can work more closely together to broaden access to, appreciation of and participation in culture in ways that contribute to reducing poverty.”

Local politician visits Barnardo's shop in Carmarthen

6 September 2013

Local Member of Parliament Jonathan Edwards visited the Barnardo’s store in Blue Street Carmarthen today to find out more about the vital work carried out by the shop.

Health and Social Care Committee report features Barnardo's Cymru recommendations

18 July 2013

A report released today by the Health and Social Care Committee, which is scrutinising the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill, has referenced evidence given by members of the Barnardo's Cymru Policy and Research Unit as well as the Director of Barnardo's Cymru and young people who use our services.

Speech given to Labour Party Cardiff North Constituency

18 July 2013

Andy James, Assistant Director, Policy for Barnardo's Cymru gave a speech today at the Labour Party Cardiff North constituency as part of an ongoing campaign to end the defence of reasonable punishment for hitting children in Wales.

Children and young people have their voices heard at the Senedd as part of the scrutiny of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill

8 May 2013 & 16 May 2013

As well as professionals in the field, Assembly Members on the Health and Social Care Committee were keen to hear from children and young people about their personal experiences of social care services and ways in which they feel it can be improved.

Yvonne Rodgers (Director, Barnardo's Cymru) and Tim Ruscoe (PRU team) provided evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee on the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Bill

8 May 2013

As part of the scrutiny process for the Bill, Yvonne and Tim, alongside representatives from NSPCC and Action for Children provided evidence and responded to Assembly Members’ questions.

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